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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, special 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
HC 136
Report
Response to this report
Government Response to the Science and Technology Committee report: The UK Response to Covid-19: Use of Scientific Advice
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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16 June 2021
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor Wendy Barclay (Head of the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London), Dr Susan Hopkins (Strategic Response Director, COVID-19 at Public Health England), and Professor Sir Andrew Pollard (Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at University of Oxford, and Director at Oxford Vaccine Group)
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Oral Evidence
28 April 2021
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor John Aston (Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life at University of Cambridge), Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed (Chair at Commission on Human Medicines), Professor Anthony Harnden (Deputy Chair at Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), Dr Mary Ramsay (Head of Immunisation at Public Health England), Dr Ruth Payne (NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at University of Sheffield), Professor Christopher Dye (Professor of Epidemiology at University of Oxford), and Professor Ran Balicer (Director at Clalit Research Institute, and Professor of Public Health at Ben-Gurion University)
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Oral Evidence
9 March 2021
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Oral Evidence
C190118 - UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Christopher King
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Written Evidence
C190117 - UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Public Health England
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Written Evidence
C190116 - UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Paul Gliddon
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Written Evidence

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