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Swine Flu: COE Countries

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the (a) expenditure and (b) outcomes of measures to tackle swine flu in other Council of Europe member states.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The European Commission has carried out two reviews of the H1N1 pandemic response across the European Union and European economic area. The reviews provide helpful benchmarks across a range of areas, including communications, co-ordination of public health measures, and availability and use of antivirals and vaccines. These reviews can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/communicable_diseases/docs/assessment_response_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/health/communicable_diseases/docs/assessment_vaccine_en.pdf

On spend, the Department does not hold benchmark comparisons. This is partly due to the different approaches used by countries as to what factors are included. Also the commercial confidentiality of contracts for countermeasures restricts benchmarking.

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