Medical Countermeasures Development

Is the US Government doing enough to develop new medical countermeasures for emerging infectious
diseases? If you could select a single medical countermeasure as a top priority for funding, resources, and
fast-track approval, which one would it be and why?
Read the two documents below. The PHEMCE SIP, though dated, will give you a fairly thorough overview of
where we are with medical countermeasures development – and who is doing what. It is a long document, but
you will emerge knowing quite a lot about what the US is doing in this critical area.

  1. As a foundation, read HSPD-18 – Medical Countermeasures Against Weapons of Mass Destruction (2007)
  2. To understand the US Government’s approach to MCM development, read the 2017-2018 PHEMCE
    Strategy and Implementation Plan.
  3. Read about the development of platform technologies for vaccine development in “Novel Vaccine
    Technologies: Essential Components of an Adequate Response to Emerging Viral Diseases” (JAMA, March
  4. Read about new efforts to collaborate to develop vaccines. This article is about The Coalition for Epidemic
    Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). You can read more about CEPI’s Approach as well.

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