Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, US science leaders and others have expressed frustration with the lack of an informed and coherent federal response, a sentiment that echoes objections to the handling of other pressing issues, such as climate change. Writing in BioScience, an assemblage of the past presidents of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), including Diana Wall, has issued an appeal for the reinvigoration of sound policy and governance through the careful consideration of sound science.
The Viewpoint can be accessed here: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/biosci/biaa138
A podcast sharing of the audio version : http://bioscience-talks.aibs.org/science-leaders-issue-clarion-call-for-evidence-based-policy
Finally, a shareable link of endorsing AIBS member societies: https://aibs.wufoo.com/reports/aibs-past-and-current-presidents-viewpoint/