Independent SAGE is a group of scientists who are working together to provide independent scientific advice to the UK government and public on how to minimise deaths and support Britain’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

We believe openness and transparency leads to better understanding and better decision making. We also believe it the responsibility of scientists and those with specialist knowledge to engage with the public and policy makers, in order to ensure that science benefits all of society.

Every Friday at 1.30pm we hold a public live-streamed briefing giving UK COVID-19 updates and answering questions from the public and the press. As of 9th April 2021, detailed data updates will be every two weeks with non-data weeks concentrating on specific policy questions, with special external guests. You can watch all of our public briefings on our  YouTube Channel

Follow us on Twitter to find out topics of the week and submit questions for the scientists. To submit questions for our Friday briefings please email:

The consultation period for reports is typically two weeks. To give feedback on any recent consultation documents please email:

For media enquiries, please email Zack King.


Media Highlights


Recent Reports

September 2021: An Urgent Plan for Safer Schools

Independent SAGE released its first schools report in May 2020, updated for the return to school inSeptember 2020. Most of the recommendations we made then remain highly relevant a year later,including advice on bubbles,...

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