No 10 accused of sidelining behaviour experts on latest Covid measures

Exclusive: SPI-B scientists warn of lack of independent advice at a time when social norms are replacing laws

Senior scientific advisers have publicly accused the government of sidelining behavioural experts and appearing unwilling to listen to “uncomfortable truths” on vaccine passports and masks during the pandemic.

The scientists told the Guardian that their input to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was apparently no longer wanted owing to the expansion of in-house expertise.

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