Office of the Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy

The Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy: Coordinates the Administration’s domestic response to public health threats that have pandemic potential, or may cause significant disruption, and strengthens domestic pandemic preparedness. This includes ongoing work to address potential public health outbreaks and threats from COVID-19, mpox, polio, avian and human influenza, and RSV. Drives and coordinates…

The Biden-Harris Administration Will End COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Federal Employees, Contractors, International Travelers, Head Start Educators, and CMS-Certified Facilities

In 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced COVID-19 vaccination requirements to promote the health and safety of individuals and the efficiency of workplaces, protecting vital sectors of our economy and vulnerable populations. Since January 2021, COVID-19 deaths have declined by 95%, and hospitalizations are down nearly 91%. Globally, COVID-19 deaths are at their lowest levels since…

Background Press Call on the Biden Administration’s Winter Preparedness Plan for COVID-19

Via Teleconference 5:07 P.M. EST MR. MUNOZ:  Hello, everybody.  Happy Wednesday.  Thank you for joining us for a press call to discuss the Biden administration’s winter preparedness plan for COVID-19.  As a reminder, this call is on background, attributable to “senior administration officials.”  It’s embargoed until the morning at 5:00 a.m.  You should have just received a factsheet…

New Business Surge: Unveiling the Business Application Boom through an Analysis of Administrative Data

New businesses play a key role in fostering job creation and productivity growth in the U.S. economy. Business applications—a leading indicator of business formation that is reported through the Census Bureau’s Business Formation Statistics—have risen substantially during the past three years relative to any previous period since 2004, when the series began. In particular, nearly…

FACT SHEET: White House Launches Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy

Major General (ret) Paul Friedrichs Will Serve as the Inaugural Director The Biden-Harris Administration has made historic progress on our nation’s ability to manage COVID-19 so that it no longer meaningfully disrupts the way we live our lives. Under President Biden’s leadership, the Administration has taken significant steps to ensure all individuals have continued access…

Readout of Meeting with Health System and Hospital Leaders on Managing COVID-19 This Fall

Yesterday, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy met with health system and hospital leaders to discuss the importance of acting aggressively this fall to protect their patients, health care…

Readout of White House Meeting with Long-Term Care Leadership, Partners and Experts

On Wednesday, Biden-Harris Administration officials convened leadership and experts from national associations and organizations charged with protecting older adults and providing safe, high-quality care for our nation’s long-term care facility residents. Administration officials underscored that this is the first fall and winter season where vaccines are available for all three viruses – flu, RSV, and…

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