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US president says ‘we have to be warriors’; while pandemic threatens future of eurozone; and Spain extends state of emergency again

Scientists who advise the UK government on its coronavirus strategy have warned they are being drawn into politics after the leading infectious disease modeller Prof Neil Ferguson stepped down as one of the cabinet’s most prominent advisers, Ian Sample, Kate Proctor and Rowena Mason write.

Ferguson, the head of the Imperial College team whose modelling persuaded ministers that Britain needed to order a lockdown to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths, resigned from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on Tuesday night.

He’s an academic researcher. He doesn’t make decisions. He’s not paid for any of this. We are being drawn into a political situation which is very unpleasant.

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Senior advisers to the White House on dealing with the pandemic, Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, will continue to hold their positions on the coronavirus task force, Trump has said.

.⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ says Dr Fauci and Dr Birx will remain on the coronavirus task force in their current roles. pic.twitter.com/Zn6sIGOyhW

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