Leading the Nation and the World in Biodefense

To succeed in defending the country from biological threats, we need to go BIG. We must think and act on the scale of the lunar Apollo Program that brought humanity to the Moon.

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Future of Biological Threats

The world can no longer consider a devastating biological event like the COVID-19 pandemic to be a rare, once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Naturally-occurring threats

Naturally occurring biological threats will become more deadly and transmissible than we see now with COVID-19. Increasing air travel, mass market food production, climate changes, urbanization, and increasing human-wildlife interactions only add to the growing risk and frequency of natural infectious diseases.

Human-generated attacks and accidents

Some old and many modern breakthroughs in biotechnology allow countries and terrorist organizations to produce biological weapons. Accidental releases of pathogens are also increasingly likely today as nations build more high-containment laboratories and conduct more risky biomedical research.

Path Forward

The public and private sectors must work together in an unprecedented way to achieve the goals set by The Apollo Program for Biodefense.

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About the Commission

Discover more about The Apollo Program for Biodefense and the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense.

The Athena Agenda – Advancing the Apollo Program for Biodefense

In April 2022, the Commission issued The Athena Agenda: Advancing The Apollo Program for Biodefense. This report provides specific recommendations to implement the priorities described in The Apollo Program for Biodefense, and also identifies the US government organizations responsible for leadership, accountability, and engagement in public-private partnerships necessary for success.


Winning the Race Against Biological Threats

In January 2021, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense issued Winning the Race Against Biological Threats. This comprehensive report outlines realistic and achievable recommendations that can bolster the Nation’s defense against biological threats.