PPE items not in Government's pandemic stockpile when coronavirus hit UK

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PPE items not in Government's pandemic stockpile(Source: Evening Standard) 

Gowns, visors, swabs and body bags were left out of the stockpile when it was set up in 2009, BBC Panorama reported on Monday evening. Some of the items are now in short supply.

A Government spokesman told the programme an expert committee that advises ministers on new and emerging respiratory virus threats, known as Nervtag, did not recommend stockpiling swabs and body bags. However, Panorama reported that Nervtag said gowns, one of the items in shortest supply in the UK, should be purchased last June.

Read more on: Evening Standard

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