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

[Page last updated 31 July]

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.”

Academy President Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, 16 March 2020

Our Press Office is working to help ensure journalists have access to the UK's best medical and health experts throughout the pandemic. 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 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 COVID-19. We will continue to work with our researchers to provide expert advice to Government, stakeholders and the public throughout this pandemic.

Our President and Vice-Presidents have featured on national media since mid-March providing expert commentary on the latest pandemic developments. This includes both print and broadcast media, both TV and radio, and includes some of the UK's largest news sources, including the BBC News at Ten, BBC Radio 4 Today, Sky News and more. Our President has also continued to issue response statements reflecting on the most recent medical and health developments throughout the pandemic.

On 3 February, we published this blog from our Vice President Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci: Novel coronavirus: Are we ready? Before the UK lockdown in March, we hosted the Science Media Centre for a press conference specifically to give health and science journalists time with Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, which was streamed live on BBC2 and other outlets. The full briefing is available to watch below. (Wednesday 19 March)

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