Biden says a second pandemic will come and that the US should start preparing for it

Biden said the US will need to plan ahead for its next response to the pandemic.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • President Joe Biden said the US needs to start getting funding to prepare for the next pandemic.

  • The White House has offered $82 billion to help plan for future pandemics.

  • Some researchers predict that the likelihood of a new pandemic in the next 25 years is one in two.

President Joe Biden warned on Tuesday that the US would eventually face a “second pandemic” and that the country should start preparing for one.

“We really need more money,” he said at a White House press conference when asked about getting Congress to fund COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers. The President said that funding for vaccine supplies would last until the end of the year.

“But we need more than just more money for vaccines for children. After all, we need more money to plan for a second pandemic,” he said.

“There will be another pandemic. We have to think ahead,” Biden added.

bloomberg reported last weekciting a senior official that the Biden administration will soon announce an updated “biological defense strategy” to improve America’s response to the pandemic.

Biden proposed budget for 2023 proposes to allocate about $82 billion over five years to prepare for future biological threats.

One of its main goals is to create an environment in which the US can produce effective vaccines and treatments for a pathogen within 100 days of its discovery. The money will also be used to develop healthcare infrastructure and expand research on potential threats.

While the world has often experienced long periods without a pandemic on the scale of COVID-19, the researchers say the frequency of new human outbreaks has risen rapidly over the past 50 years.

According to Duke Institute for Global Healthone 2021 research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts that the likelihood of such outbreaks will triple in the next few decades.

And according to Center for Global Development, the belief that COVID-19 will become a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic is most likely untrue. Instead, the think-tank researchers predicted a one-in-two chance that another pandemic as deadly as Covid would break out in the next 25 years.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also urged world to assemble a global team of scientists who can track outbreaks and help countries improve their epidemic responses, saying the world is “lucky” with relatively low death rates from COVID-19.

Two other coronaviruses, 2002 Acute respiratory disease (SARS-CoV-1) and 2012 Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) spreads more slowly than COVID-19 but causes much more severe symptoms and has a higher mortality rate.

“I have to say, considering the losses from this pandemic, 20 million deaths worldwide, a million in the US, and it could have been much more fatal. We were just lucky that the death rate per case was about 0.2%,” Gates. said earlier this month.

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