UK government to turn COVID-19 data platform into ‘multi-threat dashboard’ for future health emergencies

The UK Health Security Agency has begun work on creating a permanent ‘multi-threat dashboard’ that could keep the public informed about future health emergencies. The platform will build on and incorporate components from the COVID-19 dashboard first launched in April 2020, during the initial weeks of pandemic, to publicise the number of COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates across the UK.

The government’s public-health agency entered into a short-term contract to deliver the alpha stage of the project. The contract was awarded to Leeds-based consultancy Burendo and is valued at £300,000 and runs until the end of March.