The government officials continue to repeat the phrase “we are following the science” when questioned on their handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
A top microbiologist mentioned that officials are hiding behind this phrase so that they could shift the blame for coronavirus deaths on scientists “if anything goes wrong”.
In the midst of critics of strategy over testing and lockdown, Therese Coffey responded by admitting that “wrong” decisions might have been made- but arguing ministers had only followed the experts.
The work and pensions secretary added: “If the science was wrong, advice at the time was wrong, I`m not surprised if people will then think we made a wrong decision”.
A lot of questions were fired at Coffey after the incoming president of the Royal Society criticized ministers for sending out the message that “we are simply doing what scientists tell us”.
According to Sir Adrian Smith any backlash over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak would not be aimed at the scientists, because they are only advisors.
In another statement, he said: “The danger is if the politicians keep saying, ‘We`re simply what the scientists tell us’. That could be awkward. Politicians ultimately must make the decisions”.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been accused of refusing to release advice from the Sage committee and that it was dominated by behavioural scientists, rather than public health experts.
In order to bit the coronavirus pandemic, the government, as well as the scientists, should stop playing the blame game and help each other.