Panel Executive Director Dr. Asha George to participate in House Committee Meeting on October 17th,entitled “Defending the Homeland From Bioterrorism: Are We Prepared?”More
The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense discusses the growing pandemic threat and the steps the United States government needs to take in order to keep America safe. Their discussion is moderated by best-selling author Max Brooks.
Panel Co-Chairs, Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge in Chicago Tribune Op-Ed: "Five years ago, the Ebola virus broke through inadequate public health systems in West Africa and spread throughout the world. America was lucky. Only a few cases traveled here, but the U.S. government also did not respond as we had reason to expect. Despite assurances that our country would be able to handle such a serious disease, our public health agencies and health care institutions made some serious mistakes...that will have real human consequences the next time Ebola or another highly infectious disease — including a new highly pathogenic strain of influenza — reaches America."
In Holding the Line on Biodefense, the Commission shines a light on the capabilities and policy needs of the non-federal governments, responders, and healthcare workers responsible for safeguarding U.S. public health.
The report finds that the ad hoc and stovepiped approach to budgeting across multiple federal agencies is preventing strategic, long-term, and cohesive progress toward bolstering America’s vulnerable biodefense posture.
Defense of Animal Agriculture provides specific recommendations for protecting one of the largest sectors of U.S. economy.
The Commission's first progress report reviews the status of implementation of each recommendation from the Blueprint for Biodefense as of December 2016.
The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense was established in 2014 to assess gaps and provide recommendations to improve U.S. biodefense. The Commission is supported by a suite of distinguished ex officio members and staff with deep expertise in science, policy, intelligence, and defense.