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Viral Diseases: Disease Control

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 10210, tabled on 4 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role his Department (a) has or (b) plans to have in (i) monitoring and (ii) identifying international virus outbreaks in the future via an early bio-security warning system.

Answered on

9 June 2021

The UK Health Security Agency was established in April 2021, with part of its remit to detect and monitor infectious diseases and other hazards to health including through surveillance, analysis, horizon scanning and early warning systems. Defence is working extremely closely with DHSC and partners across Government to establish how we might best support this work.

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