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UK Science, Research & Technology Capability & Influence in Global Disease outbreaks

The Science & Technology Committee is inquiring into the place of UK research, science & technology in the response, and what lessons should be learned.

Once the pandemic has passed its peak, it will be necessary for international and national systems to learn from the crisis.

The IET will be looking at:

  1. The contribution of research & development in understanding, modelling & predicting the nature & spread of the virus;
  2. The capacity and capability of the UK research base to provide a response to the outbreak
  3. The flexibility and agility of institutions & processes to respond during a crisis
  4. The capacity to manufacture & distribute testing, diagnostics, therapeutics & vaccines
  5. The capturing during the crisis of data of the quantity and quality needed
  6. The mechanisms for communication of scientific evidence internationally, within national governments and with the public
  7. The UK’s readiness for future outbreaks

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage or our website.

This consultation is now closed for comment.