The White House, under the new Biden administration, has just released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (National Strategy). To date, over 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19, making pandemic response a top priority for the new administration. The National Strategy aims to coordinate “pandemic response that not only improves the effectiveness of our fight against COVID-19, but also helps restore trust, accountability and a sense of common purpose in our response to the pandemic.”
The National Strategy is organized into seven main sections, each representing one the the seven critical goals of the plan:
- Goal One: Restore trust with the American people
- Goal Two: Mount a safe, effective, equitable vaccination campaign
- Goal Three: Mitigate spread through expanding masking, testing, data, treatment, workforce, and clear public health standards
- Goal Four: Immediately expand emergency relief and exercise the Defense Production Act
- Goal Five: Safely reopen schools, businesses, and travel while protecting workers
- Goal Six: Protect those most at risk and advance equity, including across racial, ethnic and rural/urban lines
- Goal Seven: Restore U.S. leadership globally, advance health security, and build better preparedness for future threats
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Author: Vincent Milano