28 May 2020
Government introduced a national service aiming to ensure that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms had access to a test and that close contacts of positive cases were advised to isolate.
2 June 2020
Public Health England reviewed different factors affecting people’s COVID-19 risks and outcomes, concluding that existing health inequalities had been replicated and exacerbated by the pandemic.
27 July 2020
Government set out a new strategy on obesity, in the context of the increased risk that people living with obesity faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
18 August 2020
Government announced that it would replace PHE, the executive agency responsible for public health, with a new government body.
18 September 2020
The taskforce set out learning from the pandemic response in social care so far and made recommendations to inform the ongoing response.
1 October 2020
Government introduced a scheme to refund visa charges for accessing the NHS for migrants who had worked in health and social care during the pandemic.
22 October 2020
The health and social care regulator, the CQC, published a review into the use of restrictive practices in the care of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.
3 December 2020
The Office for National Statistics published the first measure of population health in England covering 2015 to 2018, incorporating the wider determinants of health.
8 December 2020
The largest vaccination campaign in NHS history began as Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.
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