IDSA to Congress: Pass the PREVENT Pandemics Act
The Infectious Diseases Society of America calls on Congress to pass the PREVENT Pandemics Act this year to ensure the nation is better equipped to mount robust, equitable and cost-effective responses to future outbreaks.
PREVENT is crucial to help shore up the nation’s infectious diseases workforce, medical supply chains, surveillance capabilities and medical countermeasure development — all essential to reduce societal disruptions and health inequities associated with outbreaks and pandemics. PREVENT has strong bipartisan support, as evidenced by the 20-2 Senate HELP Committee vote on the bill earlier this year. More than 100 health organizations that represent patients and health care providers support the passage of key provisions in PREVENT.
At a minimum, Congress should pass high-priority provisions of PREVENT that have bipartisan support, including the BIO Preparedness Workforce Pilot Program, which would help ensure the availability of infectious diseases health care professionals in rural and other underserved areas.
Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA – President, Infectious Diseases Society of America
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of more than 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at https://www.idsociety.org/.