President Obama Releases National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats [December 9, 2009] [open pdf - 36KB]
"Today [December 9, 2009], President Obama released the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats. This Strategy outlines the President's vision for addressing the challenges from proliferation of biological weapons or their use by terrorists. It highlights the beneficial nature of advances in the life sciences and their importance in combating infectious diseases of natural, accidental, and deliberate origin. It also outlines how the risks associated with misuse and potential consequences of a biological attack require tailored actions to prevent biological threats. The Strategy emphasizes the need to (1) improve global access to the life sciences to combat infectious disease regardless of its cause; (2) establish and reinforce norms against the misuse of the life sciences; and (3) institute a suite of coordinated activities that collectively will help influence, identify, inhibit, and/or interdict those who seek to misuse the life sciences. Through this Strategy the United States Government will work with domestic and international partners on the following seven objectives to PROTECT against misuse of the life sciences to support biological weapons proliferation and terrorism:"Promote global health security; Reinforce norms of safe and responsible conduct; Obtain timely and accurate insight on current and emerging risks; Take reasonable steps to reduce the potential for exploitation; Expand our capability to prevent, attribute, and apprehend; Communicate effectively with all stakeholders; [and] Transform the international dialogue on biological threats.
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