H-CORE: HHS Coordination Operations and Response Element
What is H-CORE?
Built upon the successful interagency partnership established to combat COVID-19, H-CORE is a permanent, nimble organizing entity to ensure synchronization of medical countermeasure efforts across the federal government. Housed within the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), H-CORE brings together government experts to partner with public health and industry stakeholders to fast-track solutions to health security threats. H-CORE leads the coordination of the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic treatments. The organization also coordinated distribution of at-home COVID-19 tests and high-quality N95 masks.
H-CORE works in partnership with other entities across ASPR such as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) as well as other HHS and interagency partners to deliver COVID-19 countermeasures to the American public while solidifying an enhanced capability to respond to future public-health threats.
Under the Biden Administration’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, H-CORE will keep making COVID-19 medical countermeasures available to the public while preparing for the next public health emergency. Whatever the future holds, ASPR and H-CORE are at the ready.