Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:03 pm on 23rd March 2021.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme 2:03 pm, 23rd March 2021

My right hon. Friend is making a strong case and refers to the work of the Vaccine Taskforce. In the past year, we have seen astonishing science conducted at breakneck speed because we have been in a crisis. Does he agree that for ARIA to work we need somehow to harness that sense of crisis and continue to use it in a normal period to get this sort of high-risk and high-reward research out and developed in Britain?