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    World Cancer Day 2021: Impact of Covid-19

    Many health professionals and organisations have raised concerns about the negative impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on cancer survival rates in the UK. This is mainly due to delays and cancellations in screening and diagnostic services. Concern has also been raised about the impact of Covid-19 on cancer patients and their weakened immune systems. This article will look in more detail at the impact Covid-19 is having on cancer in the UK.

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    Covid-19 vaccine: Winter update

    Almost 200 Covid-19 vaccine candidates are currently being developed. Ten candidates, including the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, are currently in largescale phase 3 clinical trials. This article provides an update on the Covid-19 vaccine, looking at when a candidate is likely to be available for deployment, who will be prioritised when a candidate becomes available, and how the vaccine will be distributed internationally.

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    Covid-19 Vaccine: Access for low and middle income countries

    Almost 200 Covid-19 vaccine candidates are currently being developed. However, only a tiny percentage of these will ever be mass-produced and distributed. Concerns around ‘vaccine nationalism’ have grown, as high-income countries pre-order hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. This article looks at this problem and examines what solutions are being put in place to ensure low and middle income countries receive adequate supplies of any successful Covid-19 vaccine.

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    Tackling childhood obesity: What is the strategy?

    Concerns about levels of obesity led the Government to publish a new obesity strategy recently. How to tackle childhood obesity is the subject of a forthcoming oral question in the House of Lords.

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    Our research on health and social policy

    On this page you can find all of the Lords Library’s most recent research briefings and In Focus articles on the topics of health and social policy.

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    The jury’s out: Covid-19 impact on jury trials

    Jury trials in England and Wales were suspended temporarily on 23 March 2020. This was due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This article discusses the impact that this suspension has had on the justice system, in addition to the Government’s plans for recovery.

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    Stamp Duty Land Tax (Temporary Relief) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages

    In July 2020, as part of its economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced an immediate cut to stamp duty on residential properties in England and Northern Ireland until 31 March 2021. This article examines the bill which would provide for this change.

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    Covid-19 Committee report: ‘Beyond digital: Planning for a hybrid world’

    In 2020 and 2021 the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee conducted an inquiry into the long-term impact of people living more of their lives online as a result of the pandemic. This article summarises the committee’s findings and the government’s response to its report ahead of a House of Lords debate on the report.

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    Seaside resorts: ‘Staycationing’ during Covid-19

    While Covid-19 is expected to have a negative impact on UK tourism overall, the number of domestic tourists in the UK is expected to rise. This briefing considers the debate regarding the potential impact of increases in domestic tourism on seaside resorts.

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    The National Risk Register: Preparing for national emergencies

    The National Risk Register provides an overview of the risks of major emergencies that could impact the UK in the next five years. This article details the risks contained in the register and the action taken by the Government to mitigate them. The register and how prepared the UK is for responding to emergencies is the subject of an oral question in the House of Lords on 4 June 2020.

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    Covid-19: International Response

    A range of international bodies and coalitions are responding to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Homelessness and Covid-19: Next Steps

    The Government has recently announced plans to support rough sleepers during and after the pandemic, including a specialist taskforce. Various charities have also published recommendations for preventing a spike in homelessness once the ‘lockdown’ ends.

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    Respiratory syncytial virus and its impact on the NHS

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that causes mostly mild respiratory symptoms. However, for higher-risk groups such as very young children and older adults with chronic diseases RSV infection can be serious or even fatal. Measures introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus also changed the typical seasonal pattern of RSV infection in 2020 and 2021, leading the NHS to adapt its response.

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    Preparing for extreme risks: Lords committee report

    In December 2021, the House of Lords Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee published a report which examined the UK’s approach to risk assessment and management. It found that the Covid-19 pandemic had revealed that the UK’s risk management system was “deficient” and “too inflexible” to protect the country from risks. The House of Lords is scheduled to debate the report on 12 January 2023. This article examines the report and the government’s response.

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    International impact of Covid-19 on parliaments

    The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted how parliaments across the world operate. This article details how several parliaments have had to adapt. For example, the use of heat sensors in the Republic of Korea and reduced plenary sittings in the French Senate.