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The next pandemic or COVID-19 has not been adequately addressed by Congress.

Biden proposed $88.2 billion over five years to build up biodefense and pandemic preparedness. He also sought $9.25 billion to fund new vaccines and therapeutics. His proposals never got any traction in the last Congress. This leaves the nation stuck in a cycle of panic and neglect. Bipartisan legislation would make structural adjustments in government agencies.

It creates a permanent White House Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy with up to 25 staffers. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be subject to Senate confirmation, which might elevate the position but also make it more political.