Don't blame us for testing the fiasco! The senior SAGE consultant hits back at Dido Harding after pointing her finger at the group because she failed to predict the second wave when MP grilled over rubble
- Dido Harding said no one expected a large spike in testing demand
- This is despite the return of the children to school and the return of the workers to the offices
- Sir Jeremy Farrar said SAGE was "clear" that the UK was facing an "inevitable surge".
A senior member of SAGE has hit Dido Harding back, saying the body gave "clear advice" to the government after blaming the group for not predicting a second wave.
Baroness Harding was grilled by MPs Thursday, telling them no one "expected" that the "really substantial demand" for testing had wreaked havoc in testing centers across the country in recent weeks.
The government test tsar said the current daily capacity of 240,000 has been established "based on SAGE modeling for what we should prepare for fall".
SAGE member Sir Jeremy Farrar hit back, claiming SAGE was responsible for the recent test center chaos
Sir Jeremy Farrar, on the SAGE panel, has struck back after Thursday's comments.
In response to a MailOnline article, he tweeted, “Interesting to blame SAGE. It was clear and in the advice that after the summer the UK faced an inevitable increase in community transmission and cases and needed a fully functional and trustworthy test, trace and isolation. & # 39;
The director of the Wellcome Trust pointed out that he had previously warned that a growing testing crisis was looming.
Baroness Dido Harding came under fire from scientists after telling MPs that the current daily capacity of 240,000 had been established "based on SAGE modeling."
Professor Neil Ferguson said on BBC Radio 4 today that a surge in test demand was "totally unexpected," the advisory panel defended.
He said, “SAGE has never been responsible for predicting testing needs. We were involved in predicting the likely rates of infection in the population. Then the test and trace system tended to plan the demand.
“What happened when schools reopened wasn't exactly a spike in Covid infections, but parents and teachers were concerned about coughs and stutters from students, most of whom weren't Covid.
“So we've seen a huge surge in tests on children, most of them, 97% of which were negative. This increase in demand was not to be expected. & # 39;
In 87 percent of schools, students stay at home while waiting for test results to return, according to the National Association of Headteachers.
Secretary-General Paul Whiteman told The Telegraph the system was "in chaos," adding, "It is by no means unpredictable or surprising that if schools were to open further this semester, demand for Covid-19 tests would rise, and the system is still in operation. " Chaos. & # 39;
A government spokesman said: "The latest official statistics show that 99.9 percent of schools are open and the vast majority of students are in attendance. When employees or children have symptoms of Covid-19, the testing capacity is higher than ever and we are working to give teachers another priority access. & # 39;