First Annual Report on Progress Towards Implementation of the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan


Informed by lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, in September 2021 the White House released American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities. This pandemic preparedness plan outlined five key goals: (1) Transforming our Medical Defenses, (2) Ensuring Situational Awareness, (3) Strengthening Public Health Systems, (4) Building Core Capabilities, and (5) Managing the Mission.

One year later, the White House has just released their First Annual Report on Progress Towards Implementation of the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This report details the progress made on each of the five goals listed above, and describes “priority science and technology (S&T) actions needed […] to ensure the Nation is properly prepared for emerging pandemic threats.”

For more information on topics related to this piece, check out the COVID-19 Resource Archive, or other resources related to pandemic preparedness.


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