Filling Critical Gaps: Comprehensive Recommendations for Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery from the National Biodefense Science Board   [open pdf - 255KB]

From the Recommendations: "The United States is just beginning to identify key lessons learned from the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic as they relate to strengths and gaps in our country's disaster preparedness and response system, which are of central concern to ASPR [Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response], HHS [Department of Health and Human Services], and the country as a whole. One overarching lesson that is abundantly clear and of pressing importance from the perspective of the NBSB [National Biodefense Science Board] is the need to ensure that the United States is always prepared to implement an immediate, effective, and coordinated public health response 'that is guided by scientific knowledge and protected from undue political influence.' Similar to the Congressional Budget Office or the Federal Reserve Bank, HHS should consider how to develop a centralized, core public health emergency communication and coordination function that is inherently insulated from political considerations, with the ability to independently develop, directly distribute, and frequently update public health messages with scientific principles in mind, guided by analysis of available data, with inputs from the nation's leading experts. [This document includes] more specific recommendations to enhance the country's disaster preparedness and response."

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