Phyllis Arthur, Vice President of Infectious Diseases & Emerging Science at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), published an op-ed about pandemic preparedness in INSIDESOURCES. The piece was published the day the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee marked up The PREVENT Pandemics Act (S. 3799), which would build upon pandemic preparedness investments made over the past two years.
Here’s what she said:
“Two years into this pandemic, it’s time to reflect on successes, mistakes, and lessons learned to better prepare for future health threats.
“Thankfully, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will convene tomorrow to discuss a bill aimed at building a better plan for addressing current and future viral health threats.
“The bipartisan piece of legislation – the PREVENT Pandemics Act – is a solid first step in improving pandemic preparedness. However, there are a handful of actions lawmakers should consider ahead of the meeting to strengthen the PREVENT Pandemics Act and ensure we are adequately prepared for future health crises.”