Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Biodefense is a national effort. Protecting Americans from biological threats requires the involvement of nearly every federal department. Together, we will coordinate federal biodefense efforts and use all appropriate means to assess, understand, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological incidents.
The National Biodefense Strategy and the Presidential Memorandum on the Support for Biodefense outline a structure for interagency cooperation to ensure that biodefense efforts are integrated, comprehensive, efficient, and effective.
Achieving these goals requires participation from federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and other governments, practitioners, physicians, scientists, educators, and industry.
By coordinating programs, actions and budgets, the federal government can better assess, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from biological disasters.
The National Security Presidential Memorandum, "Support for National Biodefense" creates a dedicated mechanism, housed within the Department of Health and Human Services, to coordinate federal biodefense activities and assess the effectiveness with which the National Biodefense Strategy goals and objectives are being met.
The National Security Presidential Memorandum also describes a process by which the Biodefense Steering Committee and Biodefense Coordination Team will work with federal departments and agencies (D/As), the National Security Council (NSC) staff, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to assess how effectively the goals and objectives of the National Biodefense Strategy are being met. The results of this process will inform the annual budget cycle, ensuring that biodefense resources are managed effectively to assess, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from biological incidents.
Figure 1: National Biodefense Strategy Tasks and Deadlines: Year 1
Figure 2: Annual National Biodefense Strategy Tasks and Deadlines
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