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. You can watch all of our public briefings on our  YouTube Channel

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For media enquiries, please email Zack King.


Media Highlights

Susan michie writes in the guardian about lifting restrictions

‘We shouldn’t throw away the gains of the past few weeks, achieved through considerable hardship and sacrifice, by lifting restrictions before we can keep the virus in check.’ Professor Susan Michie writes in the Guardian about the risks of coming out of lockdown too quickly. Read article here

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Dr Zubaida haque interviewed on bbc news

‘It shouldn’t be about dates, it should be about data and how you open up safely.’ Dr Zubaida Haque discusses government plans to reopen schools fully on March 8th and why vaccination programme must be accompanied by robust measures to keep virus transmission down. Watch a clip here

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Recent Reports