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​The NBS sets the course for the United States to combat the real and serious 21st century biothreats to our country, as evidenced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The biothreats we face continue to grow and evolve. To safeguard our nation, implementation of the Strategy must be brought to bear quickly and effectively. The 2019 Biodefense Assessment provided a foundational analysis of ongoing programs and identified priority areas. The federal agencies with roles and responsibilities pertaining to biodefense continue to take actions to help meet the goals and objectives of the Strategy to reduce the risk of biological threats to the American people and preserve our national and economic security. All levels of government, including non-federal and international partners, are needed to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from bioincidents, thus improving our nation’s biodefense enterprise. Action is needed to continue implementation of the Strategy and address priority areas to better prepare the nation and protect the public health, agriculture, the environment, and other sectors against biological threats.

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