LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday unveiled his authorities’s bold plans to turn out to be a worldwide science superpower and replicate the success of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.
A brand new Nationwide Science and Expertise Council, chaired by prime minister Johnson, will present strategic route on the usage of science and expertise because the instruments to sort out nice societal challenges.
And, the federal government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, will head up a brand new Workplace for Science and Expertise Technique (OSTS), based mostly within the Cupboard Workplace, as he takes on the extra function of the brand new Nationwide Expertise Adviser.
“From discovery to supply, our vaccination programme has confirmed what the UK can obtain at scale and at pace,” stated Johnson.
“With the precise route, tempo and backing, we will breathe life into many extra scientific and technological breakthroughs that rework the lives of individuals throughout the UK and the world. That is why I am establishing a brand new ministerial council and workplace on the centre of presidency, so we will realise the limitless potentialities that analysis and expertise has to supply and cement the UK’s place as a worldwide science superpower,” he stated.
The brand new OSTS is designed to strengthen the federal government’s perception into cutting-edge analysis and applied sciences and work throughout departments to place science and expertise on the centre of coverage and public companies.
It’ll additionally establish what is required to safe and shield the potential in science and expertise required within the UK to ship the federal government’s ambitions.
“The brand new Workplace for Science and Expertise Technique will put science and expertise proper on the coronary heart of policy-making and strengthen the best way we work throughout authorities to strengthen the place of the UK as a science superpower,” stated Sir Patrick Vallance.
One of many first duties of the Workplace for Science and Expertise Technique shall be to assessment the expertise bets the UK ought to again and prioritise for strategic benefit.
Downing Road stated the federal government’s profitable vaccine and therapeutics programmes have confirmed how science can ship “actual, significant profit” to the British individuals and rework lives around the globe, serving to to guard individuals from coronavirus and allow societies to reopen once more.
“The Prime Minister is tasking the entire of presidency, working with the brand new council and workplace, to take the success of the UK’s strategy to vaccines and apply it to different priorities, setting daring visions, appearing with pace, and taking dangers, which might convey excessive rewards and advantages to the UK, together with in creating expertise to succeed in internet zero, curing most cancers and never solely treating it, and protecting our residents secure at residence and overseas,” it added.
The UK authorities stated it’s presently investing GBP 14.9 billion in analysis and improvement (R&D) for 2021-22 12 months, dubbed the very best R&D spend for 4 many years.