USDA efforts to contain the pandemic continue
WASHINGTON — In January 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The plan is driven by science, data and public health to improve the effectiveness of the nation’s fight against COVID-19 and to restore trust, accountability and a sense of common purpose in response to the pandemic.
The national strategy provides a roadmap to guide the United States out of the worst public health crisis in a century. It is organized around seven goals:
- Restore trust with the American people.
- Mount a safe, effective and comprehensive vaccination campaign.
- Mitigate spread through expanding masking, testing, data, treatments, health care workforce and clear public health standards.
- Immediately expand emergency relief and exercise the Defense Production Act.
- Safely reopen schools, businesses and travel while protecting workers.
- Protect those most at risk and advance equity, including across racial, ethnic and rural/urban lines.
- Restore U.S. leadership globally and build better preparedness for future threats.
The plan calls on all parts of the federal government to contribute its resources — facilities, personnel and expertise—to contain the pandemic. Chief among the efforts is a whole-of-government response to stand up new federally supported community vaccination centers across the country.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to the President’s call to action. In addition to personnel, USDA is offering its facilities, cold chain infrastructure, public health experts, disaster response specialists and footprint in rural areas and Tribal communities across the country.