Science advice in a crisis


This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how the government has used science advice in the pandemic.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic ministers insisted they were “following the science”, and science advice has remained at the heart of government’s response. But in a crisis, using advice well to inform decisions, and communicating those decisions to the public, is hard. Drawing on the UK’s experience of past crises, this report examines the way the government has used science advice in the coronavirus pandemic and outlines how it could do so better in future.

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