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Trump Signs Biodefense Strategy – Official

© AP Photo / Alex BrandonPresident Donald Trump speaks during an event to salute U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
President Donald Trump speaks during an event to salute U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump has signed a new National Biodefense Strategy to address threats from state and non-state actors, a senior US administration official said during a conference call on Monday.

"The biodefense National Security Presidential Memorandum names the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, as the Federal lead for biodefense and establishes a Cabinet-level Biodefense Steering Committee," the White House said in a press release on Monday.

US President Donald Trump's new National Biodefense Strategy creates a cabinet-level steering committee that will act to protect Americans against biological weapons and other potential bio-threats, the release said.

“It is a vital interest of the United States to manage the risk of biological incidents, which gives you a sense of the priority this administration has put on this topic of area,” the official said. “This covers the range of accidental and deliberate threats that could result from a biological incident that could emanate from individuals, non-state actors or states.”

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Earlier, Donald Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that the new strategy creates a cabinet-level steering committee to protect Americans from bioterrorism and natural outbreaks of deadly diseases.

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The strategy, US President said, directs the US national security advisor to review biological threats and prioritize biodefense actions annually in order to enable the federal government to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to such incidents.

"Finally, it directs my National Security Advisor to review biological threats and prioritize biodefense actions annually, which will enable the government to better anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from biological incidents," Trump said.\

The US secretary of health and human services will be in charge of coordinating the implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy, Trump said.

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