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BSI response to new measures to limit spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus

16 March 2020

The UK Government has today announced a series of new measures for the public to adopt to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19. In response to this announcement, the British Society for Immunology has released the following statement.

Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:

“The British Society for Immunology welcomes today’s announcement from Government of a raft of measures aimed at slowing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within our communities.  As well as protecting vulnerable individuals from becoming ill, these measures will buy vital time for our NHS to prepare and for researchers to find out more about how the virus interacts with the immune system and to start to develop therapeutics against the disease.  The emphasis that the Prime Minister put on the UK response being led by scientific evidence and consulting with experts is especially reassuring.

“The UK leads the world for the quality of our immunology research.  This is an unprecedented situation where we all need to pull together, and our community of immunology researchers stand ready to play their part in dealing with this global health threat.”