Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Over the last decade, our nation has responded to deliberate biological attacks – the mailing of anthrax-laden letters – and severe naturally occurring disease outbreaks including SARS and the 2009-H1N1 influenza pandemic. On October 4, 2011, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) issued the BARDA Strategic Plan 2011-2016, which articulates the guiding principles, goals, and strategies it will implement to enhance the capability of the U.S. government to develop medical countermeasures (MCMs) to these and other natural and intentional threats to public health.
BARDA develops and procures needed MCMs, including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures, against a broad array of public health threats, whether natural or intentional in origin.
The BARDA Strategic Plan defines a set of core principles that will improve BARDA’s ability to manage resources efficiently, strengthen public-private partnerships, and promote the broad categories of countermeasures that BARDA is most interested in pursuing to protect health and save lives in a public health emergency.
The plan builds on the goals of the 2007 Draft BARDA Strategic Plan, which focused on aligning and coordinating BARDA goals and programs with key pandemic influenza and CBRN strategy documents; developing an HHS Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise CBRN implementation plan; and establishing programs that promote innovation in MCM development. The latest plan also is informed by the National Health Security Strategy, The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review, and the many lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response.
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