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Communications request between the CMO and the Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce between 1 April and 6 September 2022

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Louise Bicknell

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

At the suggestion of the Information Commissioner I am resubmitting my previous request of 7 December 2022 -

For the period 1 April 2022 to 6 September 2022, I requested:

All direct communications between the Chief Medical Officer and the Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce (should this have its own email address or electronic identity) in which Evusheld (i.e. the combination of Tixagevimab and Cilgavimab, AZD7742 or any other name that is used by the DHSC for this) is mentioned, whether:
1 - by email; or
2- other electronic means.

In its response of 16 December to my request of 7 December the DHSC:
1. advised that you had searched all email accounts and inboxes and that the “DHSC does not hold the information requested”. Please can you redo this search; and
2. failed to answer the second part of the question that referred to “other electronic means”. Please can you advise what other means of communication (e.g. WhatsApp, chat, text etc) were used by the CMO and the above Taskforce and search each of these, advising which of these has been searched and provide the results of the search that are relevant to this FOIA.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bicknell

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Bicknell,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1499999).

Yours sincerely, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Louise Bicknell

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Communications request between the CMO and the Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce between 1 April and 6 September 2022'.

FOI-1499999

I refer to your letter of 28 March 2024 in which the DHSC states, following a search of “emails and WhatsApp. There were no communications found between the Chief Medical Officer and the Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce.”

I would like to request an internal review on the basis of the following information:

I have received a copy of an email with the subject: “RAPID C-19 report to the CMO on Evusheld (AZD7442)”. This was sent by a member of the Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce directly to the CMO and DCMO.

I have also seen the reply to this, subject “RE: RAPID C-19 report to the CMO on Evusheld (AZD7442)” in which the CMO replies directly to this ATTF member and copies the ATTF mailbox.

This shows that there were in fact direct communications between the CMO and the ATTF between the dates specified in the FOIA request. Also that there may additionally be other communications that have not been disclosed.

I look forward to hearing from you

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bicknell

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Bicknell,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1499999 is now complete. Please see
the attached letter for the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Internal Reviews
Department of Health and Social Care
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