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Britain was not ‘research ready’ for Ebola outbreak, MPs say

A report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has said that Britain’s response to the Ebola epidemic was “undermined by systematic delay”.

In the report Science in Emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola, released on 25 January, MPs say that the UK government’s response to the Ebola crisis, which has killed more than 11,000 people since the outbreak began in West Africa in 2013, was slow and uncoordinated.

“Rapid reaction is essential for any hope of success in containing an outbreak,” the report says. “Yet delays were evident at every stage of our response.”

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