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UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks

Inquiry

The Coronavirus covid-19 outbreak is the latest in a series of disease outbreaks that have spread internationally, presenting major challenges to communities, national governments and international institutions. 

Scientific knowledge and advice are foundational to the prevention, management and treatment of these global outbreaks, at both an international and national level. 

Once the covid-19 pandemic has passed its peak, it will be necessary for international and national systems to learn from the crisis. The Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the place of UK research, science and technology in the national and global response, and what lessons should be learned for the future. 

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Reports and government responses

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First Report - The UK response to covid-19: use of scientific advice
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
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Oral evidence transcripts

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24 February 2021
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor Anthony Harnden (Deputy Chair, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Professor of Primary Care at University of Oxford), Professor Wendy Barclay (Head of the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London), Dr Philip Dormitzer (Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Viral Vaccines at Pfizer), Professor Sarah Gilbert (Professor of Vaccinology at University of Oxford), Madelaine McTernan (Director General at UK Vaccine Taskforce), and Nadhim Zahawi (Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment at Department for Health and Social Care)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
OralEvidence
17 February 2021
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor Dame Angela McLean (Professor of Mathematical Biology at University of Oxford, and Chief Scientific Adviser at Ministry of Defence), Professor Mark Woolhouse OBE (Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University of Edinburgh), Dr James Rubin (Professor of Psychology & Emerging Health Risks at Kings College London), Professor Sir John Bell (Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University), James Hetherington (Chief Data Science Adviser at Joint Biosecurity Centre), and Dr Johanna Hutchinson (Director for Data and Data Science at Joint Biosecurity Centre)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
OralEvidence
3 February 2021
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Baroness Harding of Winscombe (Interim Executive Chair at National Institute for Health Protection), Mark Hewlett (Director of Testing at NHS Test and Trace), and Steve McManus (Director of Tracing at NHS Test and Trace)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
OralEvidence
UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Mr Samuel Hilton (Research Affiliate at Centre for the Study of Existential Risk), Toby Ord (Senior Research Fellow at Future of Humanity Institute), and Haydn Belfield (Academic Project Manager at Centre for the Study of Existential Risk)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
WrittenEvidence
UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor Sylvia Richardson (Director, MRC Biostatistics Unit at Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
WrittenEvidence
UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
WrittenEvidence