There has been much speculation about the SAGE process and a certain air of mystery has grown up around what one commentator described as ‘a secret cabal of Official Government Advisors’. Scientists in other countries however see SAGE as a jewel in the crown of the UK’s system of scientific advice to government.
The SMC invited Patrick Vallance and Mark Walport to chat to science and medical reporters to de-mystify the process and explain how it operates, which kinds of scientists are invited to take part, what it can do in a crisis like COVID-19 as well as what it cannot do.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA)
Prof Sir Mark Walport, CEO of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and former Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA)