Armed Forces: Covid-19 Response

Defence – in the House of Commons on 2nd November 2020.

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Photo of Nicholas Fletcher Nicholas Fletcher Conservative, Don Valley

What steps the armed forces are taking to support the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

Defence continues to play a vital role in the response to the covid-19 outbreaks. Defence is currently supporting 34 MACA tasks, including providing environmental health technicians to support Liverpool city region and planning teams to support Nottingham City Council and the Lancashire local resilience forum.

Photo of Nicholas Fletcher Nicholas Fletcher Conservative, Don Valley

What role does my right hon. Friend see the armed forces playing in the event that a vaccine is to be rolled out?

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

Defence has already deployed military personnel to the vaccine taskforce, with personnel supporting central organisation within the task and exploring how defence could bring logistics support to the national roll-out of a future vaccine.