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National strategy for countering biological threats

Author: National Security Council (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Security Council, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : National government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 2001, the United States Government has significantly expanded its efforts to improve the nation's ability to recognize and respond to acts of bioterrorism or other significant outbreaks of infectious disease; however, efforts targeted to prevent such threats have received comparatively limited policy focus or substantive guidance at the national level. Although it is entirely feasible to mitigate the impact of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: National Security Council (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 476311690
Notes: Title from PDF title screen (viewed on December 9, 2009).
"November 2009."
Description: 1 online resource ([iii], 23 pages)
Contents: Introd. --
Biological threat challenges --
The national strategy for countering biological threats --
Objectives of the strategy --
Implementation of the strategy --
Objective one: promote global health security --
Objective two: reinforce norms of safe and responsible conduct --
Objective three: obtain timely and accurate insight on current and emerging risks --
Objective four: take reasonable steps to reduce the potential for exploitation --
Objective five: expand our capability to prevent, attribute, and apprehend --
Objective six: communicate effectively with all stakeholders --
Objective seven: transform the international dialogue on biological threats --
Roles and responsibilities.
Other Titles: Strategy for countering biological threats

Abstract:

Since 2001, the United States Government has significantly expanded its efforts to improve the nation's ability to recognize and respond to acts of bioterrorism or other significant outbreaks of infectious disease; however, efforts targeted to prevent such threats have received comparatively limited policy focus or substantive guidance at the national level. Although it is entirely feasible to mitigate the impact of even a large-scale biological attack upon a city's population, doing so incurs a significant cost and effort. We therefore need to place increased priority on actions to further reduce the likelihood that such an attack might occur. This strategy will guide our efforts to prevent such incidents by reducing the risk that misuse of the life sciences or derivative materials, techniques, or expertise will result in the use or intent to use biological agents to cause harm. It also complements existing policies, plans, and preparations to advance our ability to respond to public health crises of natural, accidental, or deliberate origin.

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