June 26, 2020 -- The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate health committee leadership detailing four steps the government should take to ready the country for the next pandemic.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee recently released a white paper, "Preparing for the Next Pandemic," with recommendations for addressing future pandemics based on lessons learned from COVID-19. The white paper is intended to guide legislation to tackle critical gaps in the U.S. pandemic response, and the Senate health committee seeks public input on the white paper before finalizing it. The four steps recommended by the AACC are:
"Before using this white paper to guide legislation, we now encourage the committee to align it with lab experts' recommendations, which are vital to addressing the shortcomings in U.S. public health infrastructure that COVID-19 has revealed," AACC President Carmen Wiley, PhD, said in a statement.
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