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Onwurah calls for transparency on Covid-19 science

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Shadow minister says openness can help prevent scientists from being given the blame

Scientists must be as open as possible with their Covid-19 research in order to prevent government blame-shifting, the shadow science minister has said.

In an article written exclusively for Research Professional News, Chi Onwurah said science and scientists were becoming “scapegoats”, with government ministers blaming poor policy decisions on the scientific advice they had received.

“Such attacks are doing huge damage to scientists’ morale,” she warned. “Researchers may not be able to prevent such blame-shifting, but they can make it harder.”

The way to do that, says Onwurah, is to be “as open as possible”.

Read the full article here.