On October 18, the White House released the “National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan for Countering Biological Threats, Enhancing Pandemic Preparedness, and Achieving Global Health Security” (the strategy), Becker's Hospital Review October 19 reports. The strategy includes the objective to create enough vaccines for the US population within 130 days of an outbreak.
President Biden administration officials note that the strategy will focus on early awareness, improved diagnostics of infectious threats, and efficient vaccine rollout, according to the article.
This effort to strengthen health security will reportedly require involvement from 20 federal agencies. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is helping to execute the strategy with existing funding. The strategy’s objectives will require additional financial support, including $88 billion that President Joe Biden requested as part of the budget for 2023.
Here are four of the strategy’s objectives, according to Becker's: