Biosecurity and national security Contents



1 Introduction

Our inquiry

2 Getting ready–Identifying and preparing for biological risks

Identifying the risks

Planning and preparing

3 How prepared core capabilities were in the face of covid-

Detection and containment

Supply chains


Overall conclusions

4 Resilience on the ‘frontlines’

Devolved administrations

Local and frontline resilience

The public health connection

5 Strategy leadership

The division of responsibilities

Biological security in national security planning and exercises

6 Planning for unexpected futures

Looking ahead to future biological risks

The global connection

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

Published: 18 December 2020 Site information    Accessibility statement