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The White House’s $65 Billion Pandemic Preparedness Plan Falls Short

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The White House’s $65 Billion Pandemic Preparedness Plan Falls Short

The Hill September 16, 2021
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President Biden signed Executive Order 13987 on the day he took office, ordering White House staff to complete in 180 days a review of emerging domestic and global biological risks and national bio-preparedness policies and make recommendations concerning them. That review, whether derailed by the Delta variant of COVID-19 or the Kabul debacle during our withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, didn’t happen. 

Instead, on the Friday afternoon before the Labor Day weekend, when White House press offices often take out the trash, the White House released a report, “American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities.” The report announced that the administration is engaged in a whole-of-government review and update of U.S. national bio-preparedness policies. The work will culminate in the release later this year of the administration’s “strategy on biodefense and pandemic readiness.” Don’t hold your breath. 

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Randall Lutter is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Based on a recent MI issue brief.

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