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Emerging diseases and learnings from covid-19


In the last three decades, 75% of new diseases in humans have originated in animals, and ‘spillover events’ (when a pathogen jumps from an animal into a human) have increased in prevalence. The UK has recently experienced its largest-ever outbreak of avian flu, a virus found in wild and domesticated birds which is also capable of infecting humans.

The Science and Technology Committee recently held a follow-up session on its joint Report with the Health and Social Care Committee, Coronavirus: lessons learned to date, which heard updates on the progress Government has made in implementing recommendations made by the joint inquiry with the Health and Social Care Committee.  

The Committee is seeking to examine how the Government is applying lessons learned from the covid-19 pandemic, and which of these could be applied to prevent the emergence and spread of new emerging diseases with pandemic potential. The Committee is also seeking to examine the UK’s biosecurity framework and involvement in international biosecurity initiatives.

This inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Friday 31 March 2023.

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