President Joe Biden has said the United States needs to start getting funds to prepare for the next pandemic.
The White House has proposed allocating $82 billion to planning for future pandemics.
Some researchers predict a one in two chance of another pandemic occurring within the next 25 years.
President Joe Biden warned on Tuesday that the United States will eventually face a “second pandemic” and that the country must begin to prepare for it.
“We need more money,” he said at a White House news conference when asked if Congress was funding COVID-19 vaccines for infants and toddlers. small. The president said funding for the vaccine supply would last until the end of the year.
“But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children. Eventually, we need more money to plan for the second pandemic,” he said.
“There is going to be another pandemic. We have to anticipate,” Biden added.
Bloomberg reported last week, citing a senior official, that the Biden administration would soon announce a renewed “biodefense strategy” to improve the US response to the pandemic.
Biden’s proposed budget for 2023 suggests allocating about $82 billion over five years to prepare for future biological threats.
One of its primary goals is to create an environment in which the United States can manufacture effective vaccines and treatments against a pathogen within 100 days of its discovery. The money would also be used to strengthen health care infrastructure and expand research into potential threats.
While the world has often gone through long periods without a pandemic on the scale of COVID-19, researchers say the rate of new outbreaks in humans has increased rapidly over the past 50 years.
According to Duke’s Global Health Institute, a 2021 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts that the likelihood of such outbreaks will increase threefold over the next few decades.
And according to the Center for Global Development, the belief that COVID-19 will be a “once in a lifetime” pandemic is probably wrong. Instead, the think tank researchers predicted a one in two chance of another pandemic as deadly as Covid breaking out within the next 25 years.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also urged the world to build a global team of scientists who can monitor outbreaks and help countries improve their outbreak response, saying the world “has been lucky “with the relatively low death rate of COVID-19.
Two other coronaviruses, 2002 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-1) and 2012 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), spread more slowly than COVID-19 but cause much more severe symptoms and have higher mortality rates.
“I have to say, given the toll of this pandemic, 20 million dead worldwide, a million in the United States, and it could have been way more deadly. We were just lucky that the death rate from case be around 0.2%,” Gates said earlier this month.
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