Coronavirus: Research

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd April 2020.

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Photo of Lord Birt Lord Birt Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to (1) catalogue, and (2) assess, the global scientific effort to (a) create a vaccine, and (b) improve therapeutics and testing, to reduce the impact of COVID-19; and how they intend to ensure that any transformational breakthroughs that emerge are rolled out rapidly.

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

Development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics is an international effort. The World Health Organization (WHO), through its R&D Blueprint team, is leading the coordination and monitoring of global research and development, including on vaccine efforts. The United Kingdom is fully supportive of this leadership and the convening role of the WHO. We will both feed-in UK expertise and use the monitoring tools that the WHO produces.

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