Senators propose bipartisan legislation to bolster pandemic preparedness and examine US Covid-19 response

Sens. Patty Murray and Richard Burr on Tuesday proposed a bipartisan bill that would bolster the US' pandemic preparedness and probe the origins of Covid-19.

The PREVENT Pandemics Act would "examine what has worked, and what has not, during the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and incorporates ideas from multiple members on both sides of the aisle," according to a news release from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.

"After everything our nation has been through these past two years, we owe it to everyone who worked so hard to get us through this crisis to take every step we can to make sure we are never in this situation again, and that's what this bill will help us get done," Murray, a Democrat from Washington state who chairs the committee, said in a statement.

That message was echoed by Burr, the ranking Republican on the panel, who said the US "must reflect on the lessons learned from the last two years and determine where we were successful, where we failed, and what we did not anticipate so we are better prepared for the next threat we face."