The comments made by Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 5 September 2021.
The UK has been a trailblazer in clinical trials during the pandemic and we must harness that progress to fight future health threats.
If those who go above and beyond by taking part in clinical trials are disadvantaged in activities such as overseas travel, it threatens the future of medical break-throughs and our ability to combat health threats.
Participants put themselves forward to benefit the global community and without them, the lives of millions of people worldwide would be in danger due to a lack of progress on new treatments and vaccines.
I will be urging my G20 health ministerial counterparts to stand up for the rights of those who have helped protect us all and ensure they can live their lives unhindered.