Tag Archives: pandemic response

The Reward and Risk of Expediting COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Development

U.S. scientists are working quickly to develop new tests and vaccines to identify and combat COVID-19. They have already developed 3 kinds of tests and begun development on numerous potential vaccines. Developing a new test or vaccine, however, is a … Continue reading

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Protecting Nursing Home Residents from Infections like COVID-19.

Recent COVID-19 related deaths at nursing homes have raised concerns about the health and safety of the nation’s 1.4 million residents living in these facilities. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at the federal role in protecting nursing home residents and … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Potential Impact on Prisons’ Populations and Health Care Costs

Recent reports of COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreaks in prisons have raised concerns about health risks for inmates, and the availability and cost of care in prisons. The Federal Bureau of Prisons currently cares for about 143,000 inmates in 122 facilities. In … Continue reading

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As COVID-19 aid arrives, be on the lookout for scams

[Correction—This blog has been corrected to indicate that FDA has approved a home test collection kit, as of May 8, 2020.] As individuals, employers, and agencies await aid from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, … Continue reading

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The Military’s Pandemic Response—Supporting Civil Authorities

The Department of Defense (DOD) often is expected to play a critical role in helping respond to a pandemic or medical disaster. For example, during the Zika virus outbreak in 2016, DOD collaborated with the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading

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Are Schools Prepared to Respond to a Pandemic?

Schools and colleges across the nation are closing their doors, sending students home, and moving to online or other forms of instruction in response to growing concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  In our prior reports, we have reviewed how … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Response: Lessons Learned from The Past

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is quickly challenging Americans to rethink every aspect of our daily lives. And while this particular virus is new, GAO has issued reports and congressional testimonies covering several similar public health challenges and emergency federal aid … Continue reading

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How Prepared Are We for a Pandemic?

The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 from China to the U.S. shores has brought the term coronavirus into daily usage and raised the question “How prepared are we for a pandemic?” Today’s WatchBlog explores GAO work looking at pandemic preparedness, … Continue reading

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If Disaster Strikes, How Is DOD Prepared to Help?

When disasters strike, the Department of Defense, including the National Guard, must be prepared to respond quickly to support civil authorities—such as state and local agencies, and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. DOD can provide … Continue reading

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