Preparing for the Next Pandemic White Paper

U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Alexander recently published a white paper, Preparing for the Next Pandemic, which can be accessed here.

The purpose of the white paper is to get feedback from stakeholders, experts, and members of Congress to inform future legislation. The deadline for comments is 5:00 PM ET on June 26.

CLSA has solicited input from our membership via our federal legislative committee for possible comment submission.

The white paper includes legislative history, a summary of existing assessments, and 20 initial recommendations based on the COVID-19 response to date and poses 31 additional questions to inform the development of future legislative proposals.

The initial recommendations and questions are organized within the following categories:

  1. Tests, Treatments, and Vaccines – Accelerate Research and Development
  2. Disease Surveillance – Expand Ability to Detect, Identify, Model, and Track Emerging Infectious Diseases
  3. Stockpiles, Distribution, and Surges – Rebuild and Maintain Federal and State Stockpiles and Improve Medical Supply Surge Capacity and Distribution
  4. Public Health Capabilities – Improve State and Local Capacity to Respond
  5. Who Is on the Flagpole? – Improve Coordination of Federal Agencies During a Public Health Emergency

Chairman Alexander firmly believes that Congress must pass legislation by the end of this year to ensure we are better prepared for the next pandemic.

We welcome your thoughts on the recommendations and questions posed in the white paper, as well as any additional thoughts you may have on the subject of improving our pandemic preparedness.