美国防部制定计划抗击冠状病毒,加紧研制疫苗(英文)

据defence-blog网2020年3月4日报道,3月3日,美国防部官员宣布,正在制定抗击冠状病毒计划。过去6周,国防部官员开会讨论,制定相关计划,国防部长马克•埃斯帕说:“已发布各种备忘录和指令,指导部队抗击冠状病毒。”国防部、军种和作战司令部领导协同工作,应对近期和远程状况,称:“北方司令部扮演着统筹国防部全球所有机构及业务的角色,首要任务是保护部队及家人。”参联会主席、陆军上将马克·米勒称,国防部定期与作战司令部联系,研究疫情影响,军事研究实验机构为研制疫苗而积极工作。

Pentagon makes plans to combat coronavirus

The U.S. Defense Department is making plans to combat the coronavirus, DOD leaders said yesterday during a news conference.

For the past six weeks, defense leaders have been meeting to plan for any possible scenario with the virus that first surfaced in China. “We’ve issued a variety of [memoranda] and directives advising the force on how to deal with coronavirus,” Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

The DOD civilian and military leadership, including all the service secretaries and combatant command commanders, have worked together to ensure the department is ready for short- and long-term scenarios, as well as domestic and international situations. Esper stressed that commanders at all levels have the authority and guidance they need to operate.

“(U.S. Northern Command) remains the global integrator for all DOD efforts and entities,” Esper said. “My number one priority remains to protect our forces and their families; second is to safeguard our mission capabilities and third [is] to support the interagency whole-of-government’s approach. We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure that our people are safe and able to continue their very important mission.”

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military has existing plans to combat an infectious disease outbreak. The military is executing those plans.

DOD is communicating regularly with operational commanders to assess how the virus might impact our exercises and ongoing operations around the world, the general said. A command post exercise in South Korea has been postponed, but Exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand is continuing.

Milley also said that military research laboratories are working “feverishly” to try to come up with a vaccine.

Commanders are taking all necessary precautions because the virus is unique to every situation and every location, Esper said. “We’re relying on them to make good judgments,” he said. As new issues come up, DOD planners will work with all to combat the spread of the virus.