Armed Forces: Influenza

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 24W, on armed forces: influenza, whether the supplies of (a) influenza vaccine, (b) anti-virals and (c) face masks deployed to theatre in the event of an influenza pandemic will also be made available to (i) coalition partners and (ii) local inhabitants; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

For NATO deployments, force protection is a national responsibility. The World Health Organisation is ultimately responsible for the protection of civilian local inhabitants. As with any medical supplies, decisions on their use in specific instances will be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account operational and humanitarian factors.

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