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Investigation into preparations for potential COVID-19 vaccines

In April 2020, government started work to secure access to any potential vaccines against COVID-19.  Finding a vaccine plays a central role in helping government achieve its objective to “return life as close to normal as possible, for as many people as possible, as fast and fairly as possible”.

By August 2020, the Department Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who is responsible for finding vaccines, had secured access to 6 different potential vaccines. The Department for Health & Social Care, who is responsible for administering it to the public, has also started work on various delivery models. However, there is no way of knowing if a successful vaccine will be found or when this might be. This, coupled with high global demand, means decisions are being made in a fast-paced and uncertain environment.

This report will cover government’s progress with securing access to potential vaccines and determining how they will be administered to the public. It will set out what has been achieved to date, how risks are being managed, and the challenges that may arise in future.

More information about our work to report on government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found here