THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER 2005
ATTENTION: EDITORS/NEWS EDITORS/PLANNING/ SCIENCE/MEDICAL/HEALTH/POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS
LORDS TO QUESTION VACCINE INDUSTRY AND HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY ABOUT FLU PREPARATIONS
The UK's contingency planning for a possible outbreak of pandemic influenza is being investigated by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.
Chaired by Lord Broers, the inquiry is looking at international action on flu, the supply of vaccines and anti-viral drugs, the readiness of front-line NHS services, and the need to educate the public on how to react to a pandemic.
Public Hearings − Tuesday 25 October
3.45pm (Committee Room 4b)
Richard Stubbins; Chair, Pandemic Planning Sub-group, UK Vaccine Industry Group
Dr Kevin Bryett; Managing Director, Chiron Vaccines
Dr John Wood; Principal Scientist, Virology, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
John Harrison, Product Manager, Roche Products Ltd
4.30pm (Committee Room 4b)
Professor Pat Troop, Professor Maria Zambon and Dr Nigel Lightfoot, Health Protection Agency
Jan Hutchinson, Director of Public Health, Bolton Primary Care Trust
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Committee will hold further public evidence sessions in October and early November (details page 2), and aim to report before Christmas 2005.
2. Written evidence submitted to the Committee is published online at:
3. You can attend hearings in the Palace of Westminster entrance via St Stephen's or watch the evidence session live via
Further details of Public Hearings
Thursday 27 October − 11.15am (Room 3)
Richard Jarvis, Council Member, British Medical Association
Lynne Young, RCN primary care lead, Royal College of Nursing
Professor David Menon, Intensive Care Society
Professor Nigel Mathers, Chairman RCGP Research Group, Royal College of General Practitioners
Thursday 27 October − 12 noon (Room 3)
Dr Klaus Stohr, Team Co-ordinator, WHO Global Influenza Programme
Dr Mike Ryan, Director of WHO Department for Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response
Tuesday 1 November − 2.30pm
Tuesday 1 November − 3.30pm
Thursday 3 November − 2.15pm
Other witnesses to be confirmed.
For further information contact:
Christopher Johnson (Clerk to the Committee) on 020 7219 6075.