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Covid-19: Questions of conscience and duty for scientific advisers

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2102 (Published 28 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2102

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England is abandoning lockdown and possibly hope of containing a second wave of covid-19. From 1 June schools will open to children other than those of key workers. Outdoor markets and car showrooms will reopen. In two weeks, it will be the turn of all non-essential retailers. This is meant to be a moment of optimism, a green recovery, centred on the health of people and the planet (doi:10.1136/bmj.m2077, doi:10.1136/bmj.m2076), backed by an effective system of testing and contact tracing and possibly informed by a public inquiry (doi:10.1136/bmj.m2052).

Instead, England arrives here in a state of utter confusion (doi: …

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