ABPI response to health and social care committee report on vaccination
The Health and Social Care Committee has published its report Prevention in health and social care: vaccination.
We welcome the Committee’s comprehensive report and look forward to seeing the forthcoming NHS vaccination strategy, which we hope will put these recommendations into action without delay. Ben Lucas, Managing Director, MSD & ABPI Board member
Ben Lucas, Managing Director at MSD and ABPI Board member, gave evidence to the inquiry on behalf of the ABPI. He said:
“The UK has historically had a strong record on vaccination, so it is frustrating to see rates going in the wrong direction when better preventative measures could ease wider pressures on the NHS. To get back on track, we must look at the whole immunisation journey, from development, to assessment, through to getting vaccines to those who need them.
“Firstly, we must fix the slow and bureaucratic set up of clinical trials to streamline innovation. Next, we need to ensure our regulators and independent scientific advisers have the resources they need to properly assess new vaccines quickly. Finally, we need the right data and healthcare teams in place to deliver flexible vaccination services tailored to the needs of local communities and underserved populations.
“We welcome the Committee’s comprehensive report and look forward to seeing the forthcoming NHS vaccination strategy, which we hope will put these recommendations into action without delay.”
Last modified: 20 September 2023
Last reviewed: 20 September 2023