Accelerating National Genomic Surveillance   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The United States has been flying virally blind. By the time the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed last year, the pandemic was already spreading uncontrollably. [...] As a country, the U.S. must take crucial steps to support a national viral genomic surveillance network to defeat Covid-19 and prepare for the next pandemic. The following plan is part of a larger commitment by The Rockefeller Foundation to incubate a global data-driven, pandemic prevention institute. The goal is to have an early alert system to increase awareness of a newly emerging or spreading pathogen before it has an opportunity to spread undetected. Such a system could save millions of lives and trillions of dollars, by leveraging rapid detection for effective mitigation planning and response activities. And it could be deployed not only to track the rare, yet potentially catastrophic, pandemic pathogen, but also to enhance current influenza monitoring and contain the growing scourge of antimicrobial and antifungal resistance."

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