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The government must respect the autonomy of science to prevent future catastrophes like this one

The individuals, the culture, the structures and the messaging—all are culpable for this appalling outcome

By Philip Ball   October 2020

Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire/PA Images

The public inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK will have a lot of ground to cover. Certainly there were specific errors of political and scientific judgment that left the UK, by the end of June, with the second highest per capita mortality rate in the world, the highest number of excess deaths in all of Europe, and on course to take the worst economic hit in the…

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