Let’s take steps to block future pandemics

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Let’s not be unprepared again! Support the Global Health Security Act.

The national response to COVID-19 was uncoordinated and caused more deaths than were necessary. Despite being given previous warnings, state and federal governments were not prepared for this pandemic. The effects of this disaster were felt not only locally, but globally. In fact, children in low income countries are 100 times more likely to die from infectious diseases. The US has a responsibility to protect its own interests as well as global interests. As the death toll rises and the economy continues to suffer, the US must take the lead to prevent another pandemic of this magnitude. We must invest in global responses to prevent future health emergencies. The GHSA would be an excellent transnational response to the pandemic. 

The Global Health Security Act is crucial to the prevention of future crises, as it will increase the US government’s efforts to prevent potential infectious disease outbreaks. This nonpartisan bill will establish a Global Health Agenda, a council for Global Health with representatives from 15 countries, and a coordinated plan to respond to future health emergencies. 

We were warned about COVID-19 and we cannot make the same mistakes again. I encourage all New Yorkers to contact Rep. Claudia Tenney and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer in support of the Global Health Security Act.

— Elise Lanier, Clinton

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