Soldiers of the 23rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team decontaminate their protective suits after sweeping the area utilizing special biological and chemical detectors in response to a possible biological threat during a training exercise at the David C. Canegata Recreational Center and Sports Complex on Sept. 25, 2019. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Gregory Camacho)

New Interactive Tracker to Provide Real-Time Updates on Federal Biodefense Actions

In an effort to better track action taken by the federal government to strengthen the Nation’s defense against biological threats, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense today launched its new interactive recommendations tracker. Found on the Commission’s website, https://biodefensecommission.org/recommendation-status, the tracker comes on the heels of a new Commission analysis called Biodefense in Crisis, which found the United States remains at catastrophic biological risk. The Commission is urging the Administration and Congress to take further action now to avoid another pandemic or biological attack. The report and tracker closely examine the extent of progress that has been made since the Commission released its seminal National Blueprint for Biodefense in 2015.

“This new and interactive tracker will build on the findings of the Commission’s Biodefense in Crisis report, include near real-time status updates, and evolve over time as the federal government continues to address our recommendations,” said Dr. Asha M. George, Commission Executive Director. “Visitors will be able to offer their own feedback and updates. We are excited about this new tracker and encourage anyone who works in or studies these issues to use it often.”

Biodefense in Crisis provides a fresh assessment of governmental efforts to implement the Commission’s recommendations to prevent, deter, prepare for, detect, respond to, attribute, recover from, and mitigate biological threats. It also includes eleven new recommendations based in-part on real-time learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Exposes Biodefense Vulnerabilities as Next Pandemic or Attack Looms

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