05 June 2020 – Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) to operate at full capacity

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Health, Research and Development
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives; Planning and strategy
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: DHSC

Overview: New Joint Biosecurity Centre moved to full capacity in order to take responsibility for ensuring that outbreaks of COVID-19 are detected and brought under control quickly.

The JBC is also responsible for advising on the new COVID-19 Alert Level, collecting, collating and analysing data in order to provide a recommendation to the chief medical officers across the UK of the current level.
Full details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/senior-civil-servant-and-former-lecturer-in-medical-statistics-appointed-to-joint-biosecurity-centre

Other links: 1 2
Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: By combining multiple and new data feeds, the JBC is responsible for providing a single authoritative information picture to local, regional and national decision makers to help them respond rapidly to any outbreak. It’s building on the UK’s existing public health infrastructure and surveillance network, drawing on expertise from across government, industry and academia.