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According to Professor Ferguson, the Department of Health is not geared up to do that - and has done little to develop a capability since he expressed his concerns to BBC News last year.

He said: "We are significantly ahead of the curve in terms of getting stockpiles in place - which is excellent, we need the stockpiles in order to be able to respond.

can u explain for me the meaning of "in term of" in general and text in blue in particular?

thank in advance.
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ahead of the curve = ahead of the game
--being early; having an advantage in a competitive situation; having done more than necessary

in terms of
--with respect to, in relation to, or in ways of thought belonging to (a particular category) : in comparison with <a conception of nature in terms of human politics -- William Empson> <tends to think of everything in terms of money>

It seems they are ahead of schedule in terms of preparing/accumulating those stockpiles.
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Hi,

According to Professor Ferguson, the Department of Health is not geared up to do that - and has done little to develop a capability since he expressed his concerns to BBC News last year.

He said: "We are significantly ahead of the curve in terms of getting stockpiles in place - which is excellent, we need the stockpiles in order to be able to respond.

'the curve' refers to a graphic portrayal of how frequently something occurs. This is commonly referred to as a Bell curve. eg if the curve represents the marks that students get, the few students who get very high marks are said to be 'ahead of (the fat part of) the curve'.

'I am thinking in terms of dinner' is just a way of defining the area that I am talking about, ie dinner.

The sentence you are querying means: We are well ahead of most governments/countries in getting stockpiles ready.

Best wishes, Clive
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