GAO-19-635T: Biodefense: The Nation Faces Long-Standing Challenges Related to Defending Against Biological Threats

This statement discusses US Government Accountability (GAO) reports issued from December 2009 through March 2019 on various biological threats and biodefense efforts. To conduct prior work, GAO reviewed biodefense reports, relevant presidential directives, laws, regulations, policies, strategic plans; surveyed states; and interviewed federal, state, and industry officials, among others.

President Donald J. Trump is Protecting the Homeland and the World from Global Health Security Threats

The Whitehouse has released a Global Health Security Strategy. The Strategy outlines actions the Administration will take to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on a new strategy to advance FDA’s food safety mission and modernize oversight of imported food

The new strategy is designed to meet four goals: preventing food safety problems in the foreign supply chain prior to entry into the U.S.; effectively detecting and refusing entry of unsafe foods at U.S. borders; responding quickly when the FDA learns of unsafe imported foods; and measuring our progress to ensure that our imported food safety program remains effective and efficient.

FDA Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food

The new strategy outlines four goals: preventing food safety problems in the foreign supply chain prior to entry into the U.S.; effectively detecting and refusing entry of unsafe foods at U.S. borders; responding quickly when the FDA learns of unsafe imported foods; and measuring our progress to ensure that our imported food safety program remains effective and efficient.

Global Threats, Collaborative Solutions – Combatting Emerging Biothreats, US Agencies Perspectives.

This video offers program leaders from within the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Defense (DoD),  and US Agency for International Development (USAID) speak to their work in reducing biological threats globally.