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Health: Drugs

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Naseby Lord Naseby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WA 338), when they will place in the Library of the House their response regarding the supply of anti-viral drugs to the overseas territories.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

All the overseas territories have pandemic preparedness plans, which have now been activated. However, if any of the overseas territories is not able to access antivirals or vaccine (when it becomes available), we will support it by providing access to the United Kingdom (UK) stockpile. This access would be up to the equivalent level of provision as the UK and would generally be on a repayment basis. In addition, we would seek to replace any antiviral or vaccines that were taken from the UK stockpile.

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