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Letters Covid, contracts, and conflicts

Conflicts of interest among the UK government’s covid-19 advisers: what has the configuration of SAGE got to do with it?

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n105 (Published 13 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n105
  1. Allan House, emeritus professor of liaison psychiatry
  1. Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9NL, UK
  1. a.o.house{at}leeds.ac.uk

Thacker’s point about failure to declare conflicts of interest, and especially financial conflicts, is surely correct1—but what has the configuration of expertise on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) got to do with that argument?

The author implies that modellers are over-represented within the group, illustrating (by innuendo) the malign effects of SAGE’s relationship to government by …

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