To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the funding required to respond effectively to an outbreak of Covid-19.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
5 March 2020
The Department is following Government plans to contain, delay, research and mitigate against COVID-19. Whilst in the current ‘contain’ phase all costs are being managed within existing health funding allocations. The Department has made £40 million available to fund COVID-19 related research and speed up the development of a vaccine.