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Questions raised over transparency and next steps for Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies

The government’s chief scientific adviser has admitted it was “definitely a mistake” not to have been more transparent about the workings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies from the outset of the Covid-19 crisis, saying it is an “important lesson to be learnt”. 

Patrick Vallance was speaking to the House of Lords science and technology committee on 17 July, where Sage co-chair, chief medical officer Chris Whitty, also described secrecy as an “error”. 

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