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Pandemic exercise highlights updates that are needed to US policies

Clade X, a day-long pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, resulted in recommended changes to US policies in this area.

Clade X simulated a series of National Security Council–convened meetings of 10 US government leaders, played by individuals prominent in the fields of national security or epidemic response. Their dialogue as the scenario unfolded addressed significant uncertainties in current prevention and response capabilities, hamstrung by policy challenges at the federal level.

At the conclusion of the exercise, the Center presented six strategic policy goals needing commitment from the United States to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemics. Those recommendations are:

  • Develop capability to produce new vaccines and drugs for novel pathogens within months not years.
  • Pioneer a strong and sustainable global health security system.
  • Build a robust, highly capable national public health system that can manage the challenges of pandemic response.
  • Develop a national plan to effectively harness all US healthcare assets in a catastrophic pandemic.
  • Implement an international strategy for addressing research that increases pandemic risks.
  • Ensure the national security community is well prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease emergencies.
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