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Coronavirus: China

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 29268, tabled on 13 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 3.9, bullet point 3 of Coronavirus: action plan, published on 3 March 2020, if he will authorise research into the security control of viruses under investigation at the Wuhan State Institute of Virology.

Answered on

26 March 2020

We have no plans to authorise research into the security control of viruses under investigation at the Wuhan State Institute of Virology.

We are concentrating on the stages that we have set out in paragraph 3.9 of the COVID-19 action plan. These stages are: contain, delay, research and mitigate.