Blue Ribbon Study Panel Releases Progress Report on Biodefense Indicators

In October 2015, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense released a bipartisan report. This document details the recommended actions needed at the federal and national levels to address gaps and shortfalls in biodefense, which continue to leave the nation vulnerable to catastrophic loss of life, social unrest, and loss in faith in government. These findings were identified over the course of 2014 – 2015 through a series of public meetings, interviews, and in-depth research.

Recently, the Panel released a follow-up report earlier this month, entitled Biodefense Indicators: One Year Later, Events Outpacing Federal Efforts to Defend the Nation to provide a status update on each of the recommended actions originally issued in the October 2015 Report. Both of these reports will provide insight to local health departments on the future trends and progress on federal biodefense initiatives that may ultimately impact federal policy and guidance decisions as well as state and local public health preparedness practice. To view the progress report, click here.

About Raymond Puerini

Raymond Puerini, MPH, is a Senior Program Analyst on the Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response team at NACCHO. His work includes sharing best practices for the distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures and developing policy and guidance to support strategic national stockpile responses. Twitter: @Are_You_Ray_Dy

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