Recommendation: To improve HHS's countermeasure enterprise and activities and to provide reasonable assurance that HHS's initiatives will achieve the intended results of improving PHEMCE
and its medical countermeasure activities, the Secretary of HHS should develop a strategy to monitor the overall progress and results of implementing the initiatives by obtaining complete information on all initiatives.
The PHEMCE also considers medical countermeasures to address chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) attacks, as well as naturally emerging infectious diseases and pandemic threats.
The proposed establishment of a federal emergency vaccination law builds upon the existing authority given to the HHS Secretary to declare a public health emergency, issue waivers in the course of a mass vaccination campaign, and oversee entities such as PHEMCE, NVP, and CDC, that coordinate and implement mass vaccination practices.
According to HHS, the WMD MCM Subcommittee's duties were transferred to the PHEMCE Governance Board.
These roles are similar to those of the PHEMCE and its draft strategy.
If finalized, the Draft PHEMCE Strategy may fulfill this requirement.