COVID-19 response: Members of Parliament
Read more about how the pandemic affected MPs’ opinions towards pharmaceutical companies operating
in the UK
In the wake of COVID-19 vaccine approvals, Parliamentarians have a highly positive view of the sector’s response to the pandemic. Almost eight in ten believe the sector has handled the COVID-19 response ‘very well’.
The successes of COVID-19 vaccines underlies much positivity among MPs. They praise the speedy vaccine development and the collaboration between pharmaceutical companies and other bodies in tackling the pandemic.
“This year is exceptional, but [Pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK] have done an amazing job bringing forward both treatment and vaccine quickly, more quickly than expected.
Especially in the UK, they are pioneering, they are world-leaders in developing medication and treatment and yes, there is a profit motive, but that doesn’t change the overall outcome for patients.”
MP Covid response
How well do you think pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The development of the COVID-19 vaccines also reinforces other positive opinions MPs have of the sector. Nearly all MPs believe the sector advances the UK’s role in discovering new medicines, is world-leading and makes a positive contribution to the economy.
“Given the way [Pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK] have stepped up to look at vaccine development and deployment and also their role in testing as well and getting those tests out in a timely fashion this year has really proven that they are not the scary money-focused organisations that sometimes people might naively believe. They were there when we needed them.”
Believe the sector plays a leading role globally in discovering new medicines
Believe the sector makes a positive financial contribution to the economy
“We have got vaccines coming forward, manufacturers in the UK have vaccines coming on at roughly the same time. To do something in a year which normally takes 10 years is incredible”
“[Pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK] have come up with a vaccine and they have been working for 8 months to try and develop a vaccine. It is a fairly significant achievement”