Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The National Biodefense Strategy and Presidential Memorandum on the Support for National Biodefense represent a single coordinated effort to orchestrate the full range of activities that are carried out across the U.S. government to protect the American people from biological threats. It explains how the U.S. government will manage its activities more effectively to assess, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from biological threats. The National Biodefense Strategy details the federal government’s plans for coordinating its biodefense efforts with those of international partners, industry, academia, non-governmental entities, and the private sector.
The goals of the National Biodefense Strategy are:
Goal 1: Enable risk awareness to inform decision-making across the biodefense enterprise
The United States will build risk awareness at the strategic level, through analyses and research efforts to characterize deliberate, accidental, and natural biological risks; and at the operational level, through surveillance and detection activities to detect and identify biological threats and anticipate biological incidents.
Goal 2: Ensure biodefense enterprise capabilities to prevent bioincidents
The United States will work to prevent the outbreak and spread of naturally occurring disease, and minimize the chances of laboratory accidents. The United States will also strengthen biosecurity to prevent hostile actors from obtaining or using biological material, equipment, and expertise for nefarious purposes consistent with United States Governments approach to countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism. Goal 2 will ensure we have the capabilities necessary to disrupt plots, degrade technical capabilities, and deter support for terrorists seeking to use WMD. This goal also recognizes the “dual use” nature of the life sciences and biotechnology, in which the same science and technology base that improves health, promotes innovation, and protects the environment can also be misused to facilitate a biological attack. The United States seeks to prevent the misuse of science and technology while promoting and enhancing legitimate use and innovation.
Goal 3: Ensure biodefense enterprise preparedness to reduce the impacts of bioincidents
Goal 4: Rapidly respond to limit the impacts of bioincidents
Goal 5: Facilitate recovery to restore the community, the economy, and the environment after a bioincident
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