We must do everything in our power to prevent our country and our communities, small businesses and families from suffering a similar ordeal again, as it is not about whether but when another pandemic or emergency will happen again. public health will strike. This is why we have introduced the law on the National Coronavirus Commission. Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey, and Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, introduced a complementary bill in the House of Representatives, making it the only bipartite and bicameral legislation of its kind.
Questions around the Covid-19 vaccine and its deployment.
The 9/11 Commission, headed by former Rep. Lee Hamilton and former Governor Tom Kean, conducted a thorough investigation into the events that led to the terrorist attacks. It has attracted leading experts, acted independently of politics, and is considered the gold standard for bipartisan committees to this day. Our legislation will bring this same comprehensive approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The bill creates an independent, non-partisan commission to assess the US response to the pandemic. It will illuminate our successes and uncover our failures, and it will provide Congress with concrete recommendations to improve our preparedness and prevent future public health crises and the massive loss of life we have suffered from Covid-19.
The commission will have a broad mandate to investigate our response to the pandemic from all angles, including international disease surveillance; coordination of federal, state and local governments; private sector engagement; and vaccine development and distribution. It will also examine why some of our communities, particularly communities of color, have experienced disproportionately higher rates of disease, death and economic harm.
Covid-19 is not the first pandemic to hit our shores, and it won’t be the last. Scientists predict that pandemic diseases will become more common in the 21st century, and we need to be much better prepared for the next one. That is why a full analysis of our response to Covid-19 is essential to ensure our preparedness and protect the health, safety and long-term economic interests of our country.