(TheRedAlertNews.com) – In an attempt to bury the news for whatever reason on a summer Friday afternoon, the Biden administration quietly announced it is preparing for another “pandemic.”
Specifically, according to Newsmax and others, on Friday afternoon, the White House announced it is setting up a new division called the Office of Pandemic Preparedness. This group’s job is to manage and carry out actions related to preparing for and responding to biological threats or germs that might cause a pandemic or significant disruptions to public health in the United States.
Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Fredrichs will be the first leader of this new office. He’s stepping in to take on the responsibilities that the COVID-19 Response Team and the mpox team previously managed. These teams focused on developing plans and sorting out critical tasks for preparing for and dealing with future pandemic risks. The White House provided this information in a statement about the start of the new office.
According to the White House, Fredrichs is set to start leading the office on August 7.
“Friedrichs’ unparalleled experience makes him the right person to lead this office,” the White House shared in its statement. “He is currently Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense at the National Security Council.”
The statement also highlighted that Fredrichs used to work as a staff surgeon at the Pentagon, where he organized health services issues and advised the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff on matters related to health.
According to the White House, “The Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy will coordinate the administration’s domestic response to public health threats that have pandemic potential or may cause significant disruption and strengthen domestic pandemic preparedness.”
When Joe Biden became President in January 2021, he created the COVID-19 Response Team. This was a continuation of the task force that former President Donald Trump set up at the beginning of the pandemic. Then-Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led it. This information was shared by The Washington Post in May.
The newspaper also reported that Dr. Fauci continued to lead Biden’s team, which was dissolved in May when the pandemic emergency ended.
The new office will carry on with this work. According to the White House, it will focus on creating, making, and getting the “next generation of medical countermeasures” for COVID-19 and other health threats.
The White House mentioned that Fredrichs has worked closely with various partners throughout his career, including federal, state, tribe, and local partners, industry, and academic counterparts on health issues. This also included managing the global patient evacuation system for the Department of Defense.
The White House announced Friday that it is creating the Office of Pandemic Preparedness, charged with developing policies and coordinating priorities for preparing and responding to future pandemic threats. https://t.co/3dLG55CM5v pic.twitter.com/aIK22DSK6P
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) July 22, 2023