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

Safer reopening of schools in January 2022

An emergency Independent SAGE statement: Hundreds of thousands of children have missed some school this term due to contracting Covid. Each case carries risks to their health and wellbeing and disrupts their education. With the...

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An immediate response to the Omicron variant

As widely predicted, new variants of COVID-19 continue to emerge. Omicron was first reported from Southern Africa on 24th November, and designated as a new variant by World Health Organization on 26th November. It is...

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