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The White House hopes to spend $65 billion in planning for future epidemics in the next 10 years, including the establishment of a new epidemic prevention office at the core of the US government.
Officials said on Friday that they hope to overhaul the way the federal government responds to the epidemic, simplify the regulatory procedures for new drugs, and make it easier to manufacture testing and protective equipment.
These plans are part of the Biden administration’s efforts to reform the country’s public health institutions more broadly after the Covid-19 pandemic, even if the disease continues to spread Killed about 1,000 people Every day in America.
President Joe Biden’s scientific adviser Eric Land said on Friday: “Five years from now, we need to take stronger measures to stop infectious diseases before they become global epidemics (such as Covid-19). “
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the U.S. has recorded nearly 40 million Covid infections Pandemic And more than 640,000 deaths, although it was previously rated as one of the countries in the world that has responded most adequately to such outbreaks.
Health experts believe that if there is no shortage of testing and protective equipment in the United States, and the Trump administration’s response to the epidemic is more consistent, many infections and deaths could have been avoided in the early stages of the pandemic.
As part of efforts to ensure that the United States better responds to future pandemics, White House officials said on Friday that they will ask Congress to provide $15 billion to $20 billion in initial funding as Biden tries to do without Republican support. It will seek the remaining funds through separate negotiations with congressional committees.
If approved, part of the funds will be used to establish a new pandemic “mission control” to coordinate the response of the entire government.
The office will be responsible for overseeing a series of ambitious goals, including that the United States should be able to produce a vaccine against any human virus within 100 days of being identified as a potential pandemic threat. The plan also stated that there should be production capacity to produce enough vaccines within 200 days to vaccinate the world.
To achieve this goal, the White House is proposing to simplify the drug testing and approval process in the United States. For example, officials said that the Food and Drug Administration should be able to approve a company’s entire platform—such as the mRNA technology used by Pfizer and Moderna—not every new drug or vaccine made using that technology.
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The plan also calls for the establishment of stricter international rules for the scientific research of hazardous biological agents, and many experts have called for this in the debate. The origin of the pandemic Continue to be angry.
The goals set in the White House plan are to shorten the time of the next global pandemic and reduce the lethality. However, the document does not give a deadline for when they should be achieved, nor does it give a detailed plan to ensure their realization.
Biden has re-established the global health security team within the National Security Council, which was disbanded during the Trump administration. However, officials said the new team will carry out more work in different departments of the US government, including cooperation with health regulators and the private sector.