On April 17, 2019, national leaders on biodefense will be gathering at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC for the Biodefense Summit on Implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy. The National Biodefense Strategy, released on September 18, 2018, sets the course for the United States to combat the serious biothreats our country faces, whether they arise from natural outbreaks of disease, accidents involving high consequence pathogens, or the actions of terrorists or state actors.
The purpose of the summit is to engage stakeholders to:
· Raise awareness of the National Biodefense Strategy
· Gain greater awareness of biodefense activities conducted by non-Federal partners in the broader biodefense enterprise, including relevant private sector stakeholders
· Increase coordination with non-Federal partners, including international organizations
· Identify significant challenges related to implementation of the strategy
· Identify opportunities for improvement in biodefense and high priority actions necessary to implement the strategy
· Inform United States Government actions to advance biodefense
The National Biodefense Strategy includes five goals for strengthening our National biodefense. I will have the honor of chairing the discussion of Goal #5: Facilitating recovery to restore the community, the economy, and the environment after a bioincident. I hope you will be able to join us for this important discussion!
More information is available at: https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/biodefense-strategy/Pages/about-summit.aspx