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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. 

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

Reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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3 November 2020
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 (Commons)
Oral Evidence
17 September 2020
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Professor Carl Heneghan (Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine & Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at University of Oxford), Professor Sylvia Richardson (Director, MRC Biostatistics Unit at Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge), Dr Thomas Waite (Director, Health Protection at Joint Biosecurity Centre), Dr Susan Hopkins (Chief Medical Advisor at NHS Test and Trace), Simon Thompson (Managing Director of the NHS COVID-19 App at NHS Test and Trace), The Baroness Harding of Winscombe (Interim Executive Chair at National Institute for Health Protection), and The Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Department for Health and Social Care)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Oral Evidence
21 July 2020
Inquiry UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
Witnesses Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at Department for Health and Social Care), and Sir Chris Wormald (Permanent Secretary at Department for Health and Social Care)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Oral Evidence
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)
Written Evidence
Witnesses Professor Sylvia Richardson (Director, MRC Biostatistics Unit at Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge)
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Written Evidence
Witnesses The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub
Committees Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Written Evidence

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