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Public Health

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 41060, tabled on 18 August 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the testing and healthcare infrastructure developed during the covid-19 outbreak is retained and targeted at (a) other infectious diseases and (b) improving public health.

Answered on

6 September 2021

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will be fully established on the 1st October 2021. Longer term plans are currently being considered to ensure best use of the assets and capabilities developed to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the UK is prepared for other potential health threats in the future. As the pandemic is still ongoing, the infrastructure and technology will be balanced between its current need and future requirements.

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