Help Prevent Future Pandemics
COVID-19, like all coronaviruses, began in an animal and was passed on to humans - making it a zoonotic disease. We’ve seen other cases of severe zoonotic outbreaks in the past, including SARS and Ebola. We now know the terrible human, animal, and economic impact of these outbreaks, but how can we better respond in the future?
The One Health Act is specifically designed to address zoonotic outbreaks. There are several federal agencies whose jurisdictions include disease, animals, agriculture, the environment, and international trade. One Health requires these agencies to create a coordinated plan to prevent and respond to future zoonotic outbreaks. It also requires the agencies to share data, research, and other assets to reduce bureaucratic inefficiency.
Urge Congress to support the One Health Act so we have a plan to address this new reality.
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