APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE
How is the risk of pandemic influenza emerging in
south east Asia, and reaching the UK, being assessed; and how
can this assessment be improved?
How great are the risks, and what confidence can
be placed in these figures?
How is the UK working with international bodies to:
- Monitor the development of the virus;
- Reduce the risk of pandemic influenza emerging
Contingency planning in the UK
What is the current assessment of the likely impact
of pandemic influenza on the UK (both in terms of health and on
wider society, including the economy)?
Are the measures described in the revised UK Influenza
Pandemic Contingency Plan adequate to minimise the effects of
a pandemic? What more could be done?
How well prepared and co-ordinated are health, emergency
and other essential services for responding to a pandemic?
What is being done to ensure that the general public
are aware of the risks and likely effects of a pandemic, and of
how they should react?
Is the UK's stockpile of antiviral treatments adequate,
and how will it be distributed? What steps are being taken to
ensure that the UK has access to sufficient antiviral treatment
and vaccine in the event of a flu pandemic?
What will be the role of vaccine development, manufacture
and distribution in responding to a pandemic?
What is the long-term strategy for reducing the threat
of pandemic influenza?