Top scientist says secrecy has harmed UK government’s response to Covid-19 crisis

Sir Paul Nurse, the nobel laureate and director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, has said that important decisions throughout the pandemic had been made in what appeared to be a “black box” of scientists, civil servants and politicians, and called for more transparency and scrutiny. He criticised the government for the “shroud of secrecy” drawn over major decisions in the coronavirus crisis and urged ministers to be more open about the reasons behind their policies.

Nurse’s comments came as other senior researchers raised further concerns about the way expert advice is handled in the UK and how the lack of transparency has allowed ministers to claim their policies are driven by scientific evidence.

Full story in The Guardian, 2 August 2020