NEIL FERGUSON, one of the Government’s senior scientific advisors on the coronavirus response was financed by the pharmaceutical industry in the run-up to the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic, unearthed reports reveal.
Professor Neil Ferguson is one of the most senior advisors to the Government on the coronavirus outbreak. Tasked with shaping the UK’s response, Prof Ferguson sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) with several other scientists.
He spearheads a team at Imperial College London which produces the mathematical prediction models largely credited with prompting the Government to impose the current lockdown.
Prof Ferguson has a history in working as an epidemiologist for over 20 years, though he began and finished his studies in the field of physics.
Just as Prof Ferguson’s prediction models have proved decisive in the ongoing fight against coronavirus, so too were his models used as a precedent in the fight against Swine Flu (N1H1).
His team at Imperial College predicted a scenario in which 65,000 people in the UK died – a significant benchmark in the WHO’s decision to issue a pandemic.