The White House wants to spend $88.2 billion to prepare for the next pandemic or biological threat. That number is not too far off from the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense’s recommendation of $100 billion over 10 years.
- The commission’s Apollo Program lays out science and technology priorities the U.S. must tackle for biological threat preparedness, said Ambika Bumb, deputy executive director.
- The commission also came out with the Athena Agenda that builds on the Apollo Program with more specifics.
- The major current threats include the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, monkeypox, “traces of polio,” avian influenza, African swine fever and biological weapons development from Russia and other countries, said Bumb.