Sets out how and why our COVID-19 response strategy will change in light of new conditions and what a move beyond Level 0 will look like.
The revised Strategic Framework (February 2021) set out how we would use and balance all the tools at our disposal to restore, on a phased basis, greater normality to our everyday lives. It acknowledged that we must be driven much more by data than by dates, and that for a while yet, 100% normality was unlikely to be possible.
This is still the case, and since February, there have been two significant developments which could influence our future trajectory. One relates to vaccinations and one relates to the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant of concern designated the Delta variant. Vaccination uptake has been unprecedented, and vaccinations continue to reduce illness and deaths from COVID-19 and also reduce the transmission of the virus. However, the Delta variant has caused an increase in infections, particularly amongst the unvaccinated population. Therefore, the Delta variant is accelerating the race between the virus and our vaccines.
It is within this context that we are updating our Strategic Framework.
The updated Strategic Framework sets out how and why our COVID-19 response strategy will change in light of new conditions and what a move beyond Level 0 will look like. It also provides an update on how we are using and adapting the six tools set out within our Strategic Framework to suppress the virus:
- The vaccination programme
- The Test and Protect system of testing, contact tracing and self-isolation
- Proportionate protective measures (rules and guidance applying to us all)
- Measures to manage the risk of importation of the virus
- Supporting individuals, businesses and organisations to adhere to protective measures
- Providing care and support to mitigate the harms of the crisis