COVID-19 response: Members of Parliament

Read more about how the pandemic affected MPs’ opinions towards pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK

In the wake of COVID-19 vaccine approvals, Parliamentarians have a highly positive view of the sector’s response to the pandemic. Almost eight in ten believe the sector has handled the COVID-19 response ‘very well’.

The successes of COVID-19 vaccines underlies much positivity among MPs. They praise the speedy vaccine development and the collaboration between pharmaceutical companies and other bodies in tackling the pandemic.

This year is exceptional, but [Pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK] have done an amazing job bringing forward both treatment and vaccine quickly, more quickly than expected. Especially in the UK, they are pioneering, they are world-leaders in developing medication and treatment and yes, there is a profit motive, but that doesn’t change the overall outcome for patients. Labour Backbencher

MP Covid response

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The development of the COVID-19 vaccines also reinforces other positive opinions MPs have of the sector. Nearly all MPs believe the sector advances the UK’s role in discovering new medicines, is world-leading and makes a positive contribution to the economy.

We have got vaccines coming forward, manufacturers in the UK have vaccines coming on at roughly the same time. To do something in a year which normally takes 10 years is incredible. Conservative Backbencher


Believe the sector plays a leading role globally in discovering new medicines


Believe the sector makes a positive financial contribution to the economy

Given the way [Pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK] have stepped up to look at vaccine development and deployment and also their role in testing as well and getting those tests out in a timely fashion this year has really proven that they are not the scary money-focused organisations that sometimes people might naively believe. They were there when we needed them. Conservative Backbencher
[Pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK] have come up with a vaccine and they have been working for 8 months to try and develop a vaccine. It is a fairly significant achievement. SNP Backbencher

Last modified: 20 September 2023

Last reviewed: 20 September 2023