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Committee questions leading scientists about lessons from pandemic and next steps

20 July 2020

The House  of Lords Science and Technology Committee will seek the views of leading scientists about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purpose of session

The Committee will question the heads of key research organisations on scientific advice used during different stages of the pandemic in the UK so far. The Committee will ask about the challenges for scientists in providing scientific advice when the evidence itself is still developing.

The session will also consider the scientific evidence about whether they might be a second wave, the lessons learned from other countries and from high risk areas, the social implications of managing the pandemic, and lessons for the future of this pandemic and others.

The questioning will draw on points made by experts in previous evidence sessions in the inquiry.


Tuesday 21 July at 10.00am

Virtual meeting

  • Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Vice President, Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Professor Sir Paul Nurse, Director, Francis Crick Institute
  • Professor Baron Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President, Royal Society

Possible questions

  • What scientific evidence has had the most influence at different stages of the pandemic so far in the UK?
  • What have been the challenges for scientists in providing scientific advice during the pandemic, particularly whilst the science is still developing?
  • Does the scientific evidence point towards a second wave in the UK and how might this look?
  • What have been the main lessons learnt about managing pandemics, including from other countries?
  • What systems and strategies should be put in place now, both nationally and internationally, to better prepare for future pandemics?
  • What will be the long-term social impacts of the way the pandemic has been managed in the UK and other countries?

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