(Washington, DC – May 27, 2020) – As unimaginable as the COVID-19 crisis feels, it was commonly predicted by infectious disease experts. Furthermore, public health leaders have been alerting policymakers about what needs to be done to prepare for health emergencies, including the potential for a worldwide pandemic, for many years.
Now, as approximately 100,000 Americans have lost their lives, the COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the critical need for federal, state and local, tribal, and territorial governments to act in order to safely navigate the next months of the pandemic and to be better prepared for the next health emergency.
TFAH has created a new policy brief to highlight the most important action steps needed to ensure Americans’ health security. The brief includes recommendations for policy action within four major issue areas:
- Funding and coordination
- Medical countermeasures
- Healthcare readiness
- Equity and resilience