Yesterday, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee wrote to the Prime Minister setting out five recommendations that the Government should undertake to reduce the likelihood of a resurgence of COVID-19 over winter.
The Committee has been taking evidence on the current pandemic as part of their ‘Science of COVID-19’ inquiry. Our Director, Hugh Whittall, gave evidence on contact tracing and data ethics to the Committee earlier this month.
We welcome the Committee’s recommendations. The letter echoes many of our own calls to Government during the pandemic, such as the need for fuller explanations to the public of uncertainty in the evolving scientific evidence, greater transparency in how scientific advice is used in policy making, and greater clarity on who is responsible for implementing policies. We highlighted this in a joint letter with Involve to the Prime Minister in April. We agree with the Committee that this is essential for improving public trust in the Government’s response to the pandemic.
We look forward to seeing the recommendations of the Committee swiftly implemented.
It has been one year since we published our briefing note on fair and equitable access to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. A great deal has changed in the year since - we now have several COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out across the world, but issues around equitable access to them remain.
12 May 2021
20 Apr 2021
Vaccine access and uptake
This briefing note explores factors influencing the access and uptake of vaccines; the different approaches taken by public health authorities to promote vaccines; and the ethical considerations that arise in this context.
Around this time last year, I packed up my office laptop and cheerily bid farewell to colleagues, assuring them I’d see them “in a few weeks” once lockdown was over. Reader, it was not a few weeks. Over a year to the day, I have yet to return to any office and indeed, having joined the Nuffield Council a couple of months into lockdown, have yet to meet many of my new colleagues in the flesh.
30 Mar 2021