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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

"As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK."


"The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID."

I would like to obtain the minutes from the meeting of the ACDP where the above opinion was agreed upon.

Yours faithfully,

John Aspray

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Aspray,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your FOI request (our ref: FOI-1235441) (and with apologies for not
responding to you sooner).  

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Following further investigation by myself, it would appear that the deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam with-held the decision made by the ACDP on the 13th March 2020 from the SAGE committee, who were meeting on the same day. There is no mention of the ACDP in the SAGE minutes for that meeting, or any subsequent meetings.
Van-Tam was quite capable of relaying the decision to SAGE, as he managed to inform the NERVTAG meeting being held at the same time as the ACDP. The news was relayed to NERVTAG following Van-Tam's conversation with the chairman of the ACDP.
Subsequent meetings of the ACDP make no mention of their decision made on the 13th March. The minutes of that meeting were signed off by the chairman immediately following his conversation with Van-Tam.
I have produced a short video. https://youtu.be/r29LbYyL0po
I have tried to contact Van-Tam for comment, but he did not respond.
Is there any chance you could ask him on my behalf ?

Many thanks,
John Aspray

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

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