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Viral Diseases: International Cooperation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his international counterparts on the development and use of a global early warning system for virus outbreaks to ensure immediate action in response to a reported threat.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We will work closely with international partners in the coming months to review lessons learned from the outbreak of Covid-19. Currently, we are working together with our international counterparts to resolve the health and economic risks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and to set the stage for a strong recovery of sustainable economic growth and prosperity. The British Government will continue to work closely with like-minded partners to ensure an effective, science-led response. Our priority is to support the WHO and other multilateral actors to contain Covid-19 and mitigate secondary health and socio-economic impacts. Our approach is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, working on the basis of the best possible scientific evidence.

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