Coronavirus - information hub

As we respond and 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 19 May]

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 Claire Bithell, claire.bithell@acmedsci.ac.uk, 07969 082520.

We want to hear from Academy Fellows or researchers who are interested in talking to the media. If you feel your area of work is not being covered, are involved in ongoing research, or want to comment on the news of the day to help people understand the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, please get in touch with Claire Bithell, claire.bithell@acmedsci.ac.uk, 07969 082520.

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.

Responsive media work and commentary:

Note: This list only covers comment from our President and Vice-Presidents, and not the many Fellows and grant awardees who are not only leading the UK's research and policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also taking the time to talk through the implications of their work daily in the media. Please also see other tabs for media about the Academy's own COVID-19 work.

  • Click here to read our President's interview with Newsweek - 'We have to do things differently' (Friday 22 May)
  • Click here to listen to our President on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme talking about how lockdown decisions are the basis of team science, rather than any one individual. (Wednesday 6 May)
  • Click here to listen to our Vice President (International) Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci on BBC Radio 4 PM programme . (Monday 4 May)
  • Click here to read our Vice President (International) Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci on where we need to focus attention before lifting lockdown. (Sunday 3 May)
  • Click here to listen to our President on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme talking about convalescent plasma therapy. (Tuesday 28 April)
  • Click here to watch our Vice President (International) Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci talking about daily deaths, testing and the wider impacts the epidemic on the BBC News Special following the daily government press briefing (Saturday 23 April) 
  • Click here to listen to our Vice President (International) Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci on BBC Radio 4 Today talking about reducing transmission and making comparisons between countries (1:39:00, Friday 24 April)
  • Our President talked with Sky News about the UK's vaccine research programmes for COVID-19, and the potential of convalescent plasma therapy (Thursday 23 April)
  • Click here to listen to our President answer questions from the public on BBC Radio 5 Live. Are vaccine projects collaborating or competing, are there are enough people who’ve recovered to use their blood to help, and does medical development get helped or hindered by a crisis? (Wednesday 22 April)
  • Click here to read our President talking about the potential of convalescent plasma therapy (Monday 20 April)
  • Our President talked with the BBC News at Ten on the potential of convalescent plasma therapy (Sunday 19 April)
  • Click here to listen to our President on the BBC Radio 4 Today talking about government advice, ongoing coronavirus research and more. (Tuesday 7 April)
  • Our President responded to questions around new research efforts to tackle coronavirus and concerns around testing types and capacity on the BBC News channel (Friday 3 April)
  • 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 first press conference on coronavirus (Monday 16 March)
  • Click here to view our Vice President - International's response to the government’s first 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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