Drugs and Medical Equipment: Procurement

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to rebuild UK stockpiles of medicines and other health products used during the COVID-19 pandemic, and which were initially procured as part of their preparations for the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU.

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

The stockpiles that were used during the initial COVID-19 response were either ‘business as usual’ stockpiles, stockpiles procured in preparation for a potential ‘no-deal’ exit from the European Union, or stockpiles procured specifically for pandemic response.

The Department has been procuring medicines and medical products in preparation for future cases of COVID-19 and as part of its preparations for the end of the transition period.

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