Pressing the point: Rupa Huq and David Davis canvass the Health Secretary
Rupa Huq and David Davis canvass the Health Secretary

London Oct 18 (BAN/SL) People will be advised to take Vitamin D to boost their potential resilience to coronavirus, Matt Hancock has announced.

The Health Secretary said the Government would be increasing its public health messaging around the supplement amid growing evidence that it could help fight Covid-19.

The move follows a campaign by the Labour MP Rupa Huq and Conservative David Davis for ministers to change official advice on the vitamin.

Rupa and David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, had been calling for the Health Secretary to review the evidence on Vitamin D.

Matt Hancock has now agreed to commission research after initially dismissing its potential benefits.

He also assured the Ealing MP, in a Commons statement: “We will be increasing the public messaging around Vitamin D, to make sure people get the message that it can help with your broad health and that there is no downside to taking it.”

Mr Hancock agreed to commission research into Vitamin D after initially dismissing its potential benefits last month.

He added: “I can also tell her that we will be increasing the public messaging around Vitamin D to make sure that people get the message that Vitamin D can help with your broad health and that there is no downside to taking it and therefore people should consider that.”

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