Ask a question about coronavirus to the government’s top scientists

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All four Children’s Commissioners of the UK have teamed up to invite participants from SAGE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, to come and answer scientific questions about Covid-19 from children and young people.

SAGE is a group of independent experts Co-chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief scientific advisor, and Professor Chris Whitty, the UK Government’s Chief Medical Adviser. You may have seen them on TV with the Prime Minister.

SAGE is responsible for providing scientific advice to support the UK Government, and the devolved Governments of Scotland, Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive to make decisions during emergencies, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Next Monday, 10 August, SAGE participants will answer questions from children and young people from across the UK in a virtual live discussion, chaired by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield. This is your opportunity to find out more about the science behind the pandemic.

As children’s champions, we want to make sure we have questions from children and young people from all four corners of the UK.

Three young people and children from each nation – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – will be able to ask their questions live that day and a selection of written questions will also be answered. Questions that can’t be answered on the day will be put into themes (for example health, education, family) for which the panel will provide appropriate information. This information will later be available on our website.

How can I take part?

The deadline has now passed to send us in your questions. We will be reviewing the submissions we’ve received and will be in touch with you if your question is chosen to be read out on the day or if you are chosen to ask your question live to the panel on Monday 10 August.

If you have any questions about this Q&A, you can write an email to our senior social researcher, Karolina, at who will be happy to help and hear from you.

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