UK scientists being drawn into ‘very unpleasant’ political situation

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UK scientists being drawn into ‘very unpleasant’ political situation




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Colleagues raise concerns after Prof Neil Ferguson stepped down from advisory role

Scientists who advise the 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.

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.

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