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Coronavirus testing and contact tracing

15 September 2020

On Thursday 17 September, the Science and Technology Committee is to revisit its scrutiny of coronavirus testing and contact tracing as part its inquiry into UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks

The session will focus on:

  • the effectiveness of the NHS Test and Trace programme
  • the progress made in developing digital contact tracing solutions; and
  • possible strategies to prepare for the winter months.


Thursday 17 September - remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

Panel one (at 2.30pm)

  • Professor Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine & Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Professor Sylvia Richardson CBE, Director, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Thomas Waite, Director of Health Protection, Joint Biosecurity Centre

Panel two (at approx. 3.15pm)

  • Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair, National Institute for Health Protection
  • Simon Thompson, Managing Director of the NHS COVID-19 App, NHS Test and Trace
  • Dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor, NHS Test and Trace

Panel three (at approx. 4.15pm)

  • Lord Bethell of Romford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Care

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