Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

One potentially dire consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has been the substantial reduction in the number of MMR jabs administered (5,000 fewer to end-April 2020 compared with last year) - which may, as IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham warns, lead to a rise in measles - a highly infectious and more dangerous disease than ... Continue reading
In response Donald Trump's announcement that the US will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon says: "You can question his timing and motives, but Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the WHO offers an opportunity to build something better. If the WHO cannot be reformed, it ... Continue reading

From a civil liberties perspective we are "not out of the woods," says Victoria Hewson

In response to the launch of a Coronavirus tracing programme in England today, Thursday 28th May, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson says: "Using traditional manual contact tracing alongside technology solutions on mobile devices is sensible, especially as the elaborate, bluetooth based systems are still not proven to be effective. "But from a civil ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for City A.M.

Claims that funding cuts have hampered  Public Health England's handling of the coronavirus outbreak "simply don’t hold water" says Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for City A.M., Annabel references the latest report from IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon - 'False Economies: Myths about public health spending' ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Spectator

Under-funding has been blamed for problems with the UK's response to coronavirus - especially with regards to PPE - but "[Public Health England’s] budget for ‘protection from infectious diseases’ rose from £52 million in 2014/15 to £86.9 million in 2018/19" says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for ... Continue reading
Claims that the UK’s response to Coronavirus has been weakened by cuts to public health don’t hold water, says a new paper from the Institute of Economic Affairs   It has been argued that the government’s response to the epidemic was hindered by cuts to the public health budget; In 2018/19, Public Health England (PHE) had a ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

If historic experience is anything to go by, "hopes that this will be over by summer are likely to be shattered", writes the IEA's Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz. In an article for CapX, Kristian argues that while protectionism and overly restrictive immigration policies might seem "superficially attractive", there is no evidence that "attempts ... Continue reading

Dr Steve Davies writes for the Daily Telegraph

Pandemics are nothing new and we should use the experience of coronavirus "as a warning sign and prepare to manage and mitigate the harm that an (inevitable) future pandemic will bring", says Dr Steve Davies, IEA Head of Education and author of the new report 'Going Viral'. Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Steve sets out ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for City A.M.

The traits of coronavirus are "exacerbated by features of contemporary society" but society also offers us some tools to tackle it, says Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for City A.M., Annabel summarises 'Going Viral', the latest IEA report from Dr Steve Davies, which outlines how we should expect ... Continue reading