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PM’s research budget to make UK ‘science superpower’

PM’s research budget to make UK ‘science superpower’

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Getty ImagesThe prime minister has set out plans to cement the UK's place as a "science superpower".Boris Johnson announced how increases in the research budget would be spent.He will chair a new National Science and Technology Council to provide "strategic direction" on how research is harnessed for the "public good".And Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser to the government, will lead a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy.He will take up the role of the new national technology adviser, alongside his current role.Mr Johnson said the UK's vaccination programme had proven what the UK can achieve at scale and speed. "With the right direction, pace and backing, we can breathe life into many more scientific and technological breakthroughs that transform the lives of pe...