‘We want a nationwide consensus for the best way ahead’

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A number one scientist who sits on the SAGE committee that advises the federal government has informed the BBC that the present row between Westminster and native leaders is “very dangerous”.Professor Jeremy Farrar, who additionally directs the Wellcome Trust, informed the BBC’s Newscast podcast: “I think we’ve got to come together as a country, this fragmentation, and frankly making this either a north south or a party political issue, that’s a very dangerous route to go on.””What we don’t want now is a fragmentation, confusion – one area or region or city pitched against another. I think that would be very, very damaging to public health and the country’s ability to respond,” he added.