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With HHS taking the lead, the new strategy establishes a cabinet-level biodefense steering committee.
Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.
Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.
The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.
High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.
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