Lyme Disease: Vaccination:Written question - 105278

Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Department of Health
Lyme Disease: Vaccination
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to support the development of a vaccine against Lyme disease.
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 10 October 2017

The Government is not currently supporting the development of a Lyme disease vaccine. The Department funds health and care research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Any organisation that considers it can carry out high quality clinical, applied research can apply for funding from the NIHR.

The Department has commissioned an independent research team to undertake four systematic reviews to capture and synthesise United Kingdom and international evidence on Lyme disease in the following areas: epidemiology/routes of transmission of Lyme disease; diagnosis; treatment; and prevention. The reviews will be completed and published by the end of 2017.

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