Coronavirus - information hub

As we respond and adapt to the latest Government advice on the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to support and champion the UK's best medical and health researchers and work to ensure their voices are included in the discussions and important decision-making ahead.

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View the latest government coronavirus advice and responses

[Page last updated 30 March.]

Our Fellowship, including the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, are leading the UK scientific response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

Our President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, commented:“I applaud the Government’s approach of putting advice and evidence from world leading experts front and centre of their plans to deal with the global Covid-19 emergency.

“Uncertainty is inevitable in the coming months: it is amazing how much we have learnt already about a virus that emerged just a few months ago. Science thrives on debate and it is often the interaction of conflicting views and challenge that drives progress. However in an epidemic situation, like the one we are facing, people want certainty and firm reassurance. Trustworthy advice, from credible experts can quickly be politicised. Scientists bear a strong responsibility here and must work to ensure the public have access to the latest reliable evidence whilst at the same time maintaining awareness of its impact in the ongoing broader societal debate.”

Media

Our Press Office is working to help ensure journalists have access to the UK's best medical and health experts. For enquires relating to coronarvirus, we are working directly with - and strongly recommended contacting in the first instance - the Science Media Centre (smc@sciencemediacentre.org, +44 (0)20 7611 8300). Our Press Office can also be contacted directly via Naomi Clarke, 07903 158979, naomi.clarke@acmedsci.ac.uk

We will continue to work with our Fellows, grant awardees and contacts to provide expert advice to Government, stakeholders and the public as the situation with coronavirus progresses.

  • Click here to view our President's response to the government’s new 'stay home' measures (Monday 23 March)
  • We hosted the Science Media Centre for a press conference specifically focused on health and science questions around coronavirus - giving health and science journalists time with Professor Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) and Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientifc Adviser). This was streamed live on BBC2 and other news outlets. The full briefing is available to watch below. (Wednesday 19 March)

  • Click here to view our President's response to the government’s press conference on coronavirus (Monday 16 March)
  • Click here to view our Vice President - International's response to the government’s press conference on coronavirus (Monday 16 March)
  • Click here to view our President's response to the Budget (Wednesday 11 March)
  • Click here to view our President's response to the government’s publication of their action plan to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak (Tuesday 3 March)
  • Novel coronavirus: Are we ready? - A blog from Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci, our Vice President - International and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London. (Monday 3 February)

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