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 . 

Follow us on Twitter to find out topics of the week and submit questions for the scientists.

For media enquiries, please email Zack King.


Media Highlights


Recent Reports

Statement on the Management of NHS Test and Trace

It is the strong and unanimous view of Independent SAGE that implementation of a functional and effective Find, Test, Trace and Isolate and Support system is an essential component of the public health response to the COVID-19...

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Independent SAGE Emergency Statement on Universities in the Context of Rising SARS-CoV-2 Cases in Late September 2020

Since Indepent Sage’s initial consultation on University reopening at the end of August, the situation has changed significantly. Cases are rising rapidly, particularly in young adults, and there are reports of rapidly deteriorating situations on some university campuses as universities attempt to manage the multiple crises of transmission, infections, and student welfare.

In light of this we have updated our recommendations. Read the full statement and recommendations here .

This statement represents the considered view of Independent SAGE. We welcome additional evidence and views that might enable us to improve upon it.

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