In Asia’s Covid-19 reopening debate, are scientists having too much say?


They have predicted Covid-19 case numbers and deaths, advocated lockdowns and border closures, and proposed timetables and vaccination rates for lifting restrictions on everyday life.Throughout the pandemic, public health experts have loomed large in debates and government policymaking about how to manage the once-a-century global crisis.Yet the dominance of a relatively small group of experts from a limited number of scientific fields – in particular epidemiology and virology – has also raised…

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