Advice Paper 16-12: Science in Emergencies: Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) Incidents: A response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

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Abstract

The UK Government has been able to learn lessons from previous emergency responses, including the H1N1 (2009) influenza pandemic and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (2011). However, the Science and Technology Committee’s report on the Ebola epidemic demonstrates that preparation for an infectious disease emergency is less robust than it ought to be. The report highlighted that: it is unclear how information is escalated across Government; there is no overarching strategy for dealing with emerging infectious diseases; there was systemic delay in both the UK Government and international responses; and neither the UK nor the international community was ‘research ready’ when the outbreak occurred.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Society of Edinburgh
Commissioning bodyHouse of Commons Science and Technology Committee
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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