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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 216212, tabled on 4 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commission research into new vaccines for yellow fever in the event that Sanofi Pasteur does not undertake research into its yellow fever vaccine.

Answered on

12 February 2019

The Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including the development of cheaper vaccines. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality. In all disease areas, the amount of NIHR funding depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity.

The NIHR and the Medical Research Council both have a wide portfolio of research activity in vaccines which cover clinical trials for new vaccines, new technologies, ways of improving uptake and cost effectiveness.

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Department of Health and Social Care