Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Parliamentary report shows shortcomings in biosecurity

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Parliamentary report shows shortcomings in biosecurity

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy has published a report assessing the government’s preparedness for major biological security risks. The report used the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a case study and found there were ‘profound shortcomings’ in the way the government protects national security. Key weaknesses include vulnerabilities in the UK’s supply of personal protective equipment, failing to focus on the ‘detection’ stage of pandemic strategy, and a leadership vacuum in the field of biological security. The report recommends prioritising preparedness, eg more funding for ‘risk horizon-scanning’ and setting up a new national centre for biosecurity and a Cabinet Office taskforce to fill the gap in leadership.

To read the report in full, see here.

Source: Biosecurity and national security

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