Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi says ‘firebreak’ measures could be brought in if booster programme is not done ‘well’ – and suggests he wants UK to be ‘plague island’
The Tories are preparing to blame the NHS if further anti-Covid measures are required this year because of the rise in infections and hospitalisations.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News this morning that ‘firebreak’ restrictions would be required if the ‘booster’ vaccine programme is not done ‘well’, which ignores the effect of rising new variants and lower vaccine effectiveness – but allows the Tories to point the finger of blame at the NHS when their determination to end all mitigations, against expert scientific advice, sees the current increases in cases, hospitalisations and deaths continue and accelerate.
Among all the murderous disasters and fiascos of the pandemic so far, the vaccine roll-out has been the one bright spot – and the one part that the NHS was allowed to carry out with least interference and imposed privatisation-to-unfit-providers. Now the government is preparing to blame the NHS for more insane and counter-scientific Tory policies and decisions.
Zahawi also said that he was working toward a situation in which the UK has worse infection levels than elsewhere. He said that he wants the virus in the UK to go from ‘pandemic to endemic’ – which in scientific terms means the UK being a hot-spot for infections compared to other countries:
The difference between pandemic and endemic is that a pandemic disease has taken hold in multiple countries, while endemic means one particular country:
Presumably – though many might argue, given the Tories’ record of more than 150,000 needless deaths so far during the pandemic – this meant that Zahawi didn’t understand what ‘endemic’ means. But that’s a very worrying phenomenon in the minister responsible for the vaccination programme.
Incompetent, malignant and getting their blame-dodging game ready in advance. Tory government in a nutshell.
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