Ten questions on the next phase of the UK’s COVID-19 response

Policy Briefing

Published 15/10/2020

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This spotlight briefing summaries the questions that remain for the UK Government about the next phase of the COVID-19 response.

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10. What next?

It is clear that we will have to learn to live with COVID-19 for some time. In light of that, there is an urgent need for a clear and published strategy on what decisions may need to be made in the coming months; what considerations will inform them; and who will be involved and consulted. Without a roadmap through this next stage of the response, there is a risk of ad hoc decisions being made without a considered and consistent framework to guide them. There are no straightforward answers to the challenges we face: that can only come from open and informed policy and public debate. It is critical that there are clear mechanisms for ethical deliberation as part of that.

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