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Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance must speak out against Dominic Cummings

Not to do so would be an insult to the public and the ideal of evidence-based policymaking

By Philip Ball  

Vallance and Whitty—are their reputations still intact? Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

When the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the UK in early March, I was not alone in taking heart at what seemed to be the quality of scientific advice that the government could expect to receive. It seemed fortunate happenstance that not only was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Chris Whitty a specialist in infectious diseases who had been active in the Ebola outbreak, but that the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) Patrick Vallance had years of…

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