Ministerial Correction: Response to Lord Moynihan on Covid-19 vaccines

Department of Health and Social Care written statement – made at on 4 February 2021.

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Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

During the debate on 12 November 2020 on the Covid-19 Update statement, made in the House of Commons on 10 November 2020, I was asked by Lord Moynihan about undertaking work with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the offer of advice to the sporting world regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

The response indicated that Colleagues at DCMS were aware of this concern and had sought advice from the WPA, which was incorrect. To clarify, we had not sought advice from DCMS at this point in time and I would like to correct the record on this point.

The House may be interested to know that UK Anti-Doping has provided several updates on the issue. The first was published on 14 December 2020 shortly after the World Anti-Doping Agency issued its statement assuring the vaccines would not contravene anti-doping rules: https://www.ukad.org.uk/news/ukad-statement-following-wada-advice-covid-19-vaccines.

UK Anti-Doping continues to update its website with relevant information and advice.