September 6, 2021


USDA sets aside US$300 million to support surveillance of animal diseases and COVID-19


The United States Department of Agriculture is dedicating US$300 million in the American Rescue Plan Act funding to conduct surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging and zoonotic diseases in susceptible animals and build an early warning system to alert public health partners to potential threats.


Using the One Health approach, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) immediate focus will be on expanding surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 to a wider range of animal species, increasing diagnostic testing capability and capacity and conducting multi-sectoral investigations of new animal detections and exposures.


USDA will build upon its existing infrastructure to implement a risk-based, comprehensive, integrated disease monitoring and surveillance system domestically, and enhance collaborations with national, regional and global partners to build additional capacity for zoonotic disease surveillance and prevention using the One Health approach.


The approach will benefit all of animal agriculture and the wildlife community by expanding the ability to collect surveillance data and increase diagnostic and epidemiologic capacity, which will better enable rapid detection and responsese to new disease threats and provide early warning intelligence to public health partners.