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Call for evidence

Global health security

The Committee welcomes written evidence on the following points:

  • What lessons has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about the importance of international collaboration in securing global preparedness and resilience against biosecurity threats?
  • Which countries have provided good lessons in how to combat COVID-19? What have embassies been asked to do to collect best practice?
  • How effective is the UK’s current approach to global health security?
  • What role should the FCDO play in bringing about a resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing future pandemics?
  • Has the UK effectively used its position in multilateral organisations to promote international collaboration in response to COVID-19 and the global health security agenda?
  • What should the FCDO be doing to support research and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • How can the FCDO ensure that COVAX is successful? What are likely to be the main challenges associated with worldwide distribution of a vaccine?
  • What role can the FCDO play in persuading countries to remove tariffs on COVID-critical products and how can the FCDO encourage further information sharing between countries?
  • What role can the FCDO play in ensuring cooperation in vaccine distribution?
  • What should a ‘global pandemic early warning system’ look like? What role should the UK Government play in its creation?

Your submission should:

  • be concise - if over 3,000 words, include a short summary as well
  • include an introduction to you or your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence
  • not already be published

Submissions should be in malleable format such as MS Word (not PDFs) with no use of colour or logos. If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission anonymously (meaning it will be published but without your name), or confidentially (meaning it won't be published at all), please say at the start of your evidence which of these you want to request, and tell us why.Guidance on submitting written evidence and data protection information is available here: Guidance on submitting written evidence.


We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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