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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Whitty, Vallance and SAGE: have the scientists failed Britain?

Whitty, Vallance and SAGE: have the scientists failed Britain?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

How much of the UK’s atrocious Covid death rate can be solely attributed to political decisions? From the outset, the most senior scientific advisors in the land have had a material influence over the information and its context, the communications and the strategy. “Follow the science” has been used by politicians as a means to instil confidence, but also to buy time and perhaps, in some cases, to defer accountability. While Ministers have felt the heat of the media and public scrutiny, SAGE has remained, stubbornly, in the shadows. Without knowing even who’s on it, their advice is missing crucial context. To what extent are our senior scientific advisors accountable for the UK’s Covid catastrophe?

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EDITOR and invited experts

Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner

Professor Ian Goldin
Professor of Development and Globalisation at the University of Oxford; Author of Rescue out 13 May 2021

Anthony Costello FMedSci
Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, University College London; Senior Advisor, Children in All Policies 2030 (CAP-2030); Co-chair, Lancet Countdown for Climate and Health Action; Former Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organisation

Dr Deepti Gurdasani
Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary’s University, London – Epidemiology, statistical genetics, and machine learning

Dr Gabriel Scally
Public health physician, Visiting Professor of Public Health, University of Bristol. President of Epidemiology & Public Health, Royal Society of Medicine