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Policy making during crises: how diversity and disagreement can help manage the politics of expert advice

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4039 (Published 26 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4039

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  • 19 August 2020

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