This is what top U.S. health officials say we should do differently for the next pandemic
Dr. Anthony Fauci (L), director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, prepare to testify ahead of a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020.
Top federal health officials told lawmakers Tuesday the U.S. needs a more unified national response and funding for public health funding if the country faces another pandemic.
The U.S. is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 22,800 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in a number of states across the South and West.
Appearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told lawmakers that the U.S. is "not in total control" of the coronavirus pandemic.
If the country were to experience another pandemic in the future, officials would need to do a better job of responding to the outbreak "in a coordinated way" rather than allowing disparate responses from different regions of the country, Fauci said during a hearing.
"We've got to do it in a very coordinated way because we are all in this together," he said.
Moving forward, Fauci added that he would like to "cement in our minds" that outbreaks can happen and, when they do, officials must deal with them in a "very aggressive, proactive way."
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