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The experts also called for 3 new pandemic candidate vaccine viruses.
Experts agree that the next flu pandemic could well be devastating—and how ill-prepared the world is.
The US as a whole had a score of 7.1 out of 10 for 2017, nearly a 3% improvement.
The proposed law would direct $200 million a year for 5 years to research.
Even an epidemic in a far-off country could do major damage to the US economy, experts say.
The Trump administration is making no effort to prioritize game-changing flu vaccines, the experts say.
"It seems we've lost an understanding of the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic."
One recommendations is for all nations to assess preparedness and animal health capacities by 2019.
The plan includes a $2.8 billion boost to HHS but cuts to global health.
The annual index found worrying discrepancies among states that create widening gaps, especially in low-income areas and those vulnerable to public health emergencies.
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