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The following is a text alternative description for the Dr. Kadlec: National Biodefense Strategy.
(Video begins with Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [ASPR] which is component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S.A. [HHS], speaking in front of blurred images of the HHS seal and ASPR logo.)
Dr. Robert Kadlec: The threats our country faces in the 21st century are very real and very serious. That’s why biodefense is a national security priority. We need to protect all Americans whether it’s from natural infectious disease outbreaks, or from deliberate biological attacks by those who would want to harm Americans. That’s why we have developed the National Biodefense Strategy. Our strategy addresses all the possibilities; working with partners abroad to help stop outbreaks before they reach our borders, focusing on preventing actors from actors from acquiring, developing or using biological weapons, and being prepared by having the right countermeasures at the ready should we ever need them.
In today’s interconnected world we’re seeing how infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika can spread quickly. We saw how a few small envelopes of Anthrax killed five (5) Americans, crippled government operations, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup alone. Terrorists are urging their followers to use biological agents because they know the damage and terror they can cause.
Our National Biodefense Strategy strengthens our ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological incidents. The threats we face are real, and the National Biodefense Strategy is a critical keystone of ASPR’s mission to save lives and protect Americans.
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