Top government scientist quits SAGE

Top government scientist quits SAGE
Top government scientist quits SAGE. image: twitter

A top government scientist has quit SAGE

Sir Jeremy Farrar, one of the top scientists advising the British Government on the coronavirus pandemic, has quit the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). He reportedly left at the end of October, citing his concerns about the current rate of virus transmissions in the country.

Still working as director of the scientific charity, Wellcome Trust, Sir Jeremy was believed to have been advocating for increased testing this winter, as well as more use of facemasks. As he told Sky News, “The high levels of transmission seen in the UK remain concerning, but I stepped down as a participant of SAGE knowing ministers had been provided with most of the key science advice needed over the winter months”.

Adding, “Throughout this crisis, SAGE has provided vital evidence, and independent, expert, transparent advice to support the UK response, often under huge pressure”.


It is believed that the British medical researcher will now concentrate on his position with the Wellcome Trust. His work there will include further research into the coronavirus, to try and help to bring an end to the pandemic.

Last November, speaking at a symposium on a post-Covid world at the Imperial College London’s Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA), Sir Jeremy said, “The information you have early may be uncertain, but it’s enough to act on”.

Continuing, “I would say that at the end of January we knew enough to have acted. And we waited. We waited out of uncertainty, we wanted to be more certain than we needed to be”.

“But, by the end of January, we knew that this was able to transmit asymptomatically, that it caused a nasty clinical syndrome and a significant number of people were dying, that healthcare workers were getting sick and distant family members were getting sick when people moved from Wuhan to Sichuan, that this was going out of China into other parts of south-east Asia, that we had no diagnostics, no treatment, and no vaccines”.

Before concluding, “To me, at the time – and this is not in retrospect – I think that was enough to have acted then in ways that we delayed”, as reported by


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.


  1. This virus will run it’s course like all other virus’s and life will only ever get back to normal when it is no longer needed for political purposes. Scientific studies have shown that countries who had mask mandates, extensive lockdowns, and the highest jab rates have failed to do any better than countries who mandated none of those things. India has done the best in controlling the spread of COVID by use of Ivermectin in the early stages of the disease.


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