Submission to the ‘Science in Emergencies: Lessons from Ebola’ inquiry

The Academy and the Royal Society jointly responds to a call from the Science and Technology Committee for evidence to inform its inquiry into lessons learnt from the Ebola crisis.

Status: Completed

In September 2015, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society responded jointly to the Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) inquiry into the lessons from the Ebola outbreak for the UK about the use of scientific advice in similar emergencies.
 
Our response, drew on the expertise of our Fellowship, and identified a number of key points including the need for:
  • improved surveillance and public health response capacity globally
  • reducing barriers to staff deployment to affected areas
  • keeping the National Risk Register under review in light of emerging disease threats
  • supporting research across a broad range of such threats
  • collecting and sharing real-time data
  • strengthening vaccine biomanufacturing capacity in the UK
The response is available to download on the right. 
 
On Wednesday 30 September, the Academy hosted a joint meeting with the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Medicine, entitled: Governance for Global Health: reflections on the Ebola experience in West Africa, in relation to the Institute of Medicine’s project on developing a framework for responding to global emergencies like Ebola. 
 

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