Global Experts Approve Legislation Establishing COVID-19 Commission
More than 100 COVID-19 experts on Thursday called on congressional leaders to pass bipartisan legislation to create a COVID-19 commission.
The legislation, presented by the Senses. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), create the National Commission on the COVID- Pandemic 19 that would investigate the COVID-19 outbreak and identify lessons learned regarding preparedness, response and recovery. Inspired by the 9/11 Commission, the COVID-19 Commission would have the same structure and the same authorities as the 9/11 Commission.
“The most recent estimate published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that the likelihood of another global pandemic in the lifetime of our children is high. The information gleaned from a national commission on the COVID-19 pandemic is urgently needed to strengthen public health systems in the United States and abroad to minimize the impact of the next pandemic, ”said wrote the scientists in a letter to Senate and House leaders.
Scientists said the United States must act with its international partners to identify steps to take to prevent an outbreak like COVID-19 again.
“While appropriate measures deployed within our national borders may reduce the impacts of the virus, the United States cannot protect itself by acting unilaterally,” the scientists wrote. “A national commission on the COVID-19 pandemic is needed to identify international monitoring mechanisms or early warning signals needed to ensure rapid management of similar events. A commission will also identify ways in which the United States can assume a leadership role with the broadest possible international participation. “
Feinstein said she appreciated the support.
“I am grateful to have the support of top experts around the world for our bipartisan efforts to set up a 9/11 style COVID-19 commission,” she said in a statement. “It will help us understand and learn from this pandemic so that we can better prepare for the next one. I hope Congress can work together now to move this bill forward without delay.