George W. Bush paved way for global pandemic planning

The former U.S. president stressed the importance of planning for pandemics and laid the foundation for the present day federal response to COVID-19.
1:48 | 04/03/20

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Today are going to talk about our nation's efforts to address. This is vital issue. To the health and the safety of all Americans I'm here to discuss our strategy. To prevent. And protect the American people from possible outbreak. Okay. Our prisons make perfectly clear that our number one priority. Is in the event of a pandemic is to save lives. President has a plan. To do just that. First we must detect outbreaks that occur anywhere in the world. Second we must protect the American people by stockpiling vaccines and anti viral drugs. And improve our ability to rapidly produce new vaccines against aids pandemic strain. We need to have a surveillance plan that allows us to identifying win an incident has occurred in the world the sooner we know. Quickly and more adequately we can respond. We thought it would be irresponsible not to take time the pandemic cleaning effort. I'm to make sure that whenever it is under whatever presence Hodgdon as a nation we're better prepared because it's the right thing to do I hate can't be avoided. Pandemic is unlike. And other natural disasters. No race can happen simultaneously and hundreds or even thousands of locations at the same. And I'm like storms or floods. Which strike in an innocent and then recede. Pandemic can continue spreading destruction and repeated waves. That can last three year more and one day many lives could be needlessly lost because we failed to act. Today.

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