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Disease Control

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 181273, tabled on 15 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the UK is prepared for future pandemics.

Answered on

26 April 2021

The 2011 ‘UK Influenza Preparedness Strategy’ contains objectives for coordinating a national response to an influenza pandemic, which has been assessed as and remains the greatest natural hazard risk on the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies. We continually review these plans will be incorporating lessons learned from COVID-19 to ensure our preparedness plans remain robust. The Government also established the UK Health Security Agency in April 2021 to protect the country from future health threats.