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Defense research institutes around the world are recruited to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In the UK, the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is assisting the National Health Service (NHS) to tackle vaccine-related challenges, mainly the logistical challenge.

A group of scientists and technicians are engaged in the development of data science and computing models for the NHS England IT system. The models will help in determining vaccine population estimation, vaccine phasing and provide regional planning tools to streamline vaccination.

Dstl Dr Kit Waterman said: “The opportunity to work with colleagues from across Dstl has really brought home the versatility and quality of skills developed through the delivery of science and technology support to UK defence.”

Dstl has been working to support Covid-19 response efforts, as well as in building a scientific understanding of the disease. Overall, 300 scientists were associated with hundreds of Covid support areas, while 180 of them are currently working on multiple assignments.

Projects included providing safety guidance for military personnel, ensuring proper functioning of military equipment supply chains as well as providing scientific support to other agencies, according to