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Advising No 10 is ‘humbling and scary’, says Neil Ferguson

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Sage modeller backs own work and describes the ‘fuzzy’ line between science and policy advice

Neil Ferguson, an Imperial College London researcher whose models informed the UK’s decision to go into a full national lockdown in March, has said he stands by his work despite disagreeing with some of the government’s Covid-19 policy decisions.

Ferguson, who resigned as a government adviser in May after breaking lockdown rules, told BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific programme on 22 September about the difficult nature of advising policymakers. 

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