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COVID-19 Rapid Summary: The Virus and its Transmission

28 May 2020

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee are producing rapid summaries of oral evidence sessions, aimed at providing the public with the latest information on the science of COVID-19.


The first summary covers the Committee meeting of Tuesday 19 May, where we spoke to experts about the virus, its origins and its transmission.

The transcripts and recording of this meeting can be found at the following:

Chair's comments

Chair of the Committee, Lord Patel, said:

"At a time when many are puzzled and anxious about COVID-19, these short summaries are a record of the evidence heard from experts about what is known and unknown about the developing science, which we hope will be helpful to the public."

Next Committee meeting

The inquiry will continue on Tuesday 2 June, when the Committee will question epidemiological modellers about the approaches that are informing the UK's response to the pandemic.

Further information