Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they intend to allocate to deal with a COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

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

We have made £20 million available to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness which will support work developing new vaccines for epidemics, including four new programmes to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus.

We have also launched a £20 million rapid response call to support research on the novel coronavirus.

During the announcement for the 2020 Budget, the Chancellor further detailed how we will be allocating funds.

The Chancellor has set out a £12 billion package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, individuals and businesses through the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

The Government continues to work closely with the Bank of England and international partners and announced a three point plan at the Budget.

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