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Vaccine Programme "One of the Most Effective Initiatives" Ever, Says Parliament Report

on Wednesday, 13 October 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme and the way the UK Government supported the vaccine development, was "one of the most effective initiatives in history".

They were the findings in a report, Coronavirus: Lessons learned to date, from Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee and the Science and Technology Committee.

The report was extremely critical of various positions taken including the slowness to move to initial lockdown in the first wave in March 2020.

However, in a report of contrasts, it reserved high praise for other things that happened and made a huge positive difference to outcomes in the UK and around the world.

The vaccine programme will ultimately help to save millions of lives globally. This includes the decision to create the Vaccines Taskforce - which brought together a wide range of skills and talents of scientists, the NHS and the private sector, and led by Kate Bingham, the venture capitalist. The idea had initially been formulated by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser.

In addition, the UK backed several likely vaccine candidates including the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine.

The UK also led the world and contributed to saving over one million lives worldwide through the trial and adoption of the cheap steroid, dexamethasone.

Another success in the UK was the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency being the first regulator to approve a vaccine, and the UK having the first citizen vaccinated.

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Hear More Successes and Future Opportunities at the PING Conference

The 2021 PING Conference, which VWV will be holding on 17 November in collaboration with IQVIA, is entitled 'UK Life Sciences Opportunities in a Changed World'. The Conference will look at the UK's response to COVID-19 and how there are now tremendous opportunities flowing from this. We will be hearing from speakers, including:

  • Pfizer UK's MD, Ben Osborn
  • Oxford University's Chas Bountra
  • NHS England's Chief Commercial Officer, Blake Dark
  • Office for Life Sciences' lead author of the new Life Sciences Vision, Alex Mclaughlin
  • MHRA's Kirsty Wydenbach on their innovation agenda
  • HDR UK's Caroline Cake on use of real world data
  • Genomics Plc's Sir Peter Donnelly on genomic data

Find out more about the PING Conference 2021.

If you would be interested in hearing more about these issues and being invited to attend the PING Conference, please contact Paul Gershlick in our Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences team on 07795 570072, or complete the form below.

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