‘UK COVID-19 crisis response marred by lack of transparency’

A top British scientist has alleged that a lack of openness and transparency by the government has hindered efficient handling of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

The above position was made by Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel laureate and the director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, who told Guardian that the “Decisions are too often shrouded in secrecy.

“They need challenge and we need processes to ensure that happens.

“If they are going to keep the trust of the nation, they need to make those discussions more public.”

According to Nurse, more transparency and scrutiny is needed, because sometimes, it looks like important decisions to address the pandemic were made in a “black box” of scientists, civil servants and politicians.

Nurse observed that the government should have sought more specialized advice on its coronavirus testing scheme at the beginning of the pandemic.

“They seemed not to want to admit that they weren’t prepared, that they were unable to do the testing properly, because that would have been an admission of failure from square one,” he said.

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