By means of committee oversight, I’ve had the chance to not solely develop suggestions to assist streamline the response effort, but in addition to talk to many public well being specialists on the entrance strains of this pandemic. I’ve left these conversations feeling assured that, regardless of the breakneck pace at which we’re transferring, the security and efficacy of vaccines and therapeutics won’t be compromised.
In the meantime, there are classes discovered and alternatives for efficiencies, which is why we made suggestions by means of the Second Wave Preparedness Undertaking. These suggestions complement the administration’s ongoing efforts to defeat COVID-19, and I’m happy a few of them have already been carried out.
The three pillars of this challenge look at testing and surveillance; vaccine and therapeutics; and the nation’s healthcare provide chain. With testing, for example, we examined the sorts of testing obtainable, how they need to be used and what varieties of checks we nonetheless must develop, anticipated provide shortages, and find out how to higher goal testing and surveillance efforts. This will probably be particularly necessary as we head into flu season.
For the subsequent pillar on vaccine and therapeutic improvement, we sought to make suggestions to assist reply questions on how finest to distribute a vaccine as soon as the FDA approves one, and we have now intently examined the standing of the numerous completely different therapeutics below improvement.
The third pillar is on healthcare provide chain preparedness. By means of this pandemic, we’ve discovered precisely what occurs after we closely depend on different nations for our drug and medical provide chains. China hid simply how critical the virus is to be able to hoard provides for its inhabitants, and greater than 20 nations restricted and even banned drug and medical provide exports. A safe provide chain with home manufacturing is the one means to make sure we will adequately cope with this and be ready for future public well being emergencies.
Firstly of the pandemic, I don’t suppose any of us may have predicted the human struggling this virus would trigger at house and world wide. It’s my hope we will work collectively, using these suggestions, to beat the numerous challenges attributable to this pandemic and are available again stronger and extra ready for the longer term.