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Scotland: preparing the country for future pandemics

Professor Andrew Morris has been appointed as chair of the Scottish Government’s Standing Committee on Pandemic Preparedness (SCoPP). The committee met in April to discuss how to advise Scotland how to prepared to deal with future pandemics.

SCoPP is a permanent advisory group, established to bring scientists and technical experts together. The first meeting was in August last year.

Morris is professor of medicine and vice-principal of data science at the University of Edinburgh, and director and CEO of Health Data Research UK. He also chairs the Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group. SCoPP will prepare an initial report within six months and a final report within a further 18 months.

Professor Morris said: ‘We will engage with clinicians and the wider scientific community in Scotland to ensure that our work is informed by a range of expertise.’

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