New early detection system ‘will help protect Britain from future pandemics’ | health news

The government announces a new system to protect against future pandemics

Oliver Dowden announced Biothreats Radar (Image: PA/Rex)

The Government has announced a new early detection system which it hopes will protect the UK from future pandemics.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden announced that bio-threat radar will help warn of the risks of disease and bio-weapons.

This is to prevent a repetition of events such as the corona pandemic.

The announcement is part of a £1.5 billion investment in the government’s new biosecurity strategy.

Mr Dowden said: “Covid has been the greatest challenge to peace in a century and we must carefully prepare for future threats of this magnitude.”

“This plan and our investment of £1.5 billion a year puts us in a strong position to tackle tomorrow’s biological threats – from disease to bioweapons to antibiotic resistance.”

“It’s a strong and ambitious approach: one that harnesses the sheer ingenuity of UK researchers and scientists, and deploys our world-class crisis management capabilities to protect the people of the UK.”

The Biothreat Radar will combine data from different governments and trusted independent sources to give policymakers a better picture of biological threats or evolving crises.

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The radar will “take the lessons” from the coronavirus pandemic (Image: PA)

Credit Credit: Photo by Thomas Krych/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock (13895988a) UK Deputy Prime Minister OLIVER DOWDEN seen in Downing Street ahead of a Cabinet meeting. Cabinet meeting at Downing Street, London, England, UK – 2 May 2023

Oliver Dowden is Deputy Prime Minister (Credit Image: Thomas Krych/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)

The aim is to use the lessons learned from the Covid pandemic to understand, detect, prevent or respond to biological threats.

It also builds on a commitment by G7 leaders in Cornwall in 2021 aimed at speeding up the development of new vaccines.

The Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Dame Angela McLean, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a coherent plan to protect the UK against both the increasingly complex spectrum of biological risks as well as building on the UK’s strengths in vaccines research.” and development and life sciences.

“The new biosafety strategy will be an important contribution to our preparation.”

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