Investing in cutting-edge scientific technology necessary to create an early-warning system to detect, prevent, and defeat biological threats before they become pandemics will allow Californians to rapidly contain outbreaks before they cause grave suffering and costly lockdowns.
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The California Pandemic Early Detection and Prevention Act will help prevent the next pandemic by:
1. Investing in science to detect pandemics early
Advancing this science will have far-reaching health benefits with the ability to improve the health of all Californians, including better clinical diagnostics, better tracking of antibiotic resistance, faster development of vaccines and therapeutics, and novel treatments for disease.
California will become a global leader in this new area of technology and will serve as a model for the nation and the world while creating thousands of new, well-paid jobs, generating millions of dollars in new tax revenues, and drawing talent and private investment into the state.
2. Modernizing local public health departments
Modernizing and improving the public health workforce and infrastructure will ensure that early detection translates into quick and effective implementation of public health interventions to contain or stop disease spread.
3. Improving school infrastructure to reduce transmission among our children
The California Pandemic Early Detection and Prevention Act will provide the funding necessary to make schools safer by preventing the transmission and spread of disease, including improved ventilation, air filtration, and other methods for disinfection.
The act will address inequities in air quality and cleanliness among California’s public schools, by improving aging infrastructure for students and schools that need it most.