The Bipartisan PREVENT Pandemics Act, Recently Passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Includes Critical Provisions Led by Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/17/22]—This week, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the bipartisan PREVENT Pandemics Act, which includes several important pieces of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D-MN) public health legislation.

“The COVID pandemic has further exposed the inequities and weaknesses in our public health system,” said Smith. “The PREVENT Pandemics Act would ensure we are better prepared in the future and that we have the resources to confront these challenges. I am proud we were able to include several of my bills in this package and look forward to voting on it on the Senate floor.”


  • One Health Framework, which Smith negotiated into the package, strengthens language from previous appropriations bills that require the CDC to develop a One Health framework. The provision requires CDC to coordinate with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to develop a federal One Health framework and to issue a report to Congress on the One Health framework and coordination activities.