Most people believe the government was wrong to stop publishing international comparisons of COVID-19 death tolls at daily briefings. Many saw this as an attempt to cover up just how badly the UK has handled the pandemic. []

A must-read thread by Professor Anthony Costello on mistakes in coronavirus response. Why Deloitte was brought in to help. How Public Health England – despite not having enough testing labs – wanted to keep control of the overall testing, forbidding outsiders to do testing until the end of March. []

In my time as a chief scientific adviser in government, I experienced many SAGEs and chaired a few of them. Here, I explain what happens behind those doors and why they need to remain closed – at least initially. []