On 17 February 2022, Dr. Asha M. George, executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on
Biodefense, testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs at a hearing on addressing the gaps in the nation’s biodefense and level of
preparedness to respond to biological threats. In 2015, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense released
its first report, A National Blueprint for Biodefense, to warn that the biological threat was rising and
to inform the government that the nation was insufficiently prepared to handle a large-scale biological
event. When COVID-19 emerged in early 2020, many of those findings proved to be true.