Updates

Press releases and updates from the APPG on Coronavirus are published here.

Digitise test results and upgrade e-gates at airports to defend against new Covid variants

  • Cross-party group of MPs demands e-gate upgrades at airports must be implemented before international travel is opened up further, to reduce queues and waiting times in arrival halls. 

  • Digital ‘Covid Green Pass’ for international travel should include test results to reduce the need for paper documents at UK airports.

  • Government urged to consider measures to reduce the cost of tests such as a VAT exemption or price caps.

  • MPs warn the government must learn lessons from the rapid rise in cases of the Delta variant and “ensure its border policy is watertight.” 


Internal assessment shows failing Isolate policy must be fixed

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has said the government must urgently increase support for those self-isolating, after reports that an internal government assessment has found that its current isolation policy only has “low to medium” effectiveness.


240% rise in Delta variant cases should “set alarm bells ringing” in government - APPG on Coronavirus

The latest Public Health England figures showing cases of the Delta variant have risen by 240% in a week should “set alarm bells ringing in government”, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus has said.


UK commitment to donate Covid vaccine doses at G7

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus has warned that the UK government’s pledge to donate 100 million Covid vaccine doses, including just five million doses by the end of September, risks coming too late to save the many lives at risk from the virus right now in low and middle income countries.


PM must make “concrete commitment” to donate Covid vaccine doses ahead of G7 summit

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has warned that Boris Johnson’s pledge to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022 would be “too little too late,” and urged the Prime Minister to make a “concrete commitment” to donate Covid vaccine doses to lower and middle-income countries ahead of next week’s G7 summit.


Report: Covid-19 Variants, International Travel and UK Border Policy

The APPG on Coronavirus has produced a report that cals on ministers to discourage all but essential overseas travel and introduce stronger protections against Covid-19 at the UK’s borders. It sets out a series of recommendations to ensure that the hard-won progress in tackling the virus is not lost and mistakes of the past are not repeated.


ONS figures reveal 1 million people with long Covid as government urged to fix “postcode lottery of care”

Responding to the latest Public Health England figures which found the Delta variant first identified in India has become the dominant strain in the UK, Layla Moran MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, said:


Over 100 MPs and peers demand Boris Johnson closes global vaccine divide ahead of G7 summit

  • Cross-party group of 116 MPs and peers warn the UK has a “moral imperative” to donate vaccine doses to Covax as millions of lives at risk.

  • Boris Johnson urged to show “global leadership” ahead of next week’s G7 summit by pledging to donate one dose abroad for each one given in the UK.

  • The UK should increase its own manufacturing capacity to become a “net vaccine exporter,” while supporting a patent waiver for vaccines to boost supply in low and middle-income countries.

Zahawi’s comments on care homes “deeply insensitive” to families who lost loved ones

Responding to Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi’s comments on care homes on the Andrew Marr show this morning, Layla Moran MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, said:

 


Hancock must apologise to long Covid patients left waiting over 100 days for treatment

  • Matt Hancock urged to apologise after figures reveal some long Covid patients are waiting over 100 days for treatment.
  • Several of the long Covid clinics promised by the government appear still not up and running, an investigation by the APPG on Coronavirus has revealed.
  • MPs are demanding more funding to treat long Covid patients and end the “postcode lottery” of care.