Coronavirus: Vitamin C

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd February 2021.

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Photo of James Wild James Wild Conservative, North West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the efficacy of Vitamin C in boosting immunity to covid-19.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2020, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) conducted a rapid scoping exercise on nutrition and immune function in relation to COVID-19, which included consideration of vitamin C and found a lack of robust evidence to suggest that specific nutrients or supplements can prevent individuals from catching COVID-19 or mitigate its effects.

Public Health England and the SACN are continuing to monitor evidence as it is published and will review and update guidance if necessary.

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