Executive Order: Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack

Executive Order — Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack

On December 30, 2009 President Obama released an executive order “establishing federal capability for the timely provision of medical countermeasures following a biological attack.”

The Executive order is laid out in five sections:

“Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to plan and prepare for the timely provision of medical countermeasures to the American people in the event of a biological attack in the United States through a rapid Federal response in coordination with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments.”

“Sec. 2. United States Postal Service Delivery of Medical Countermeasures. (a) The U.S. Postal Service has the capacity for rapid residential delivery of medical countermeasures for self administration across all communities in the United States.”

“Sec. 3. Federal Rapid Response. (a) The Federal Government must develop the capacity to anticipate and immediately supplement the capabilities of affected jurisdictions to rapidly distribute medical countermeasures following a biological attack.”

“Sec. 4. Continuity of Operations. (a) The Federal Government must establish mechanisms for the provision of medical countermeasures to personnel performing mission essential functions to ensure that mission-essential functions of Federal agencies continue to be performed following a biological attack.”

“Sec. 5. General Provisions.”

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