|Pandemic Origins: Technologies, Challenges, and Policy Options to Support Investigations|
We testified that understanding pandemic origins can help policymakers craft responses to prevent future events. This could help reduce the high health and economic costs associated with pandemics. Genetic analysis and other technologies can help researchers detect a pandemic's origin. Investigations into the origins of diseases can be slow, but the technologies aren't the problem. For example, delays can result when investigators can't access biological samples, or if there aren't enough trained investigators. Our recent work (GAO-23-105406) identified 5 policy options to address these issues, such as expanding the pandemic origin investigator workforce.