Johnson's former adviser criticizes his United Kingdom infection management

Henrietta Strickland
Мая 25, 2021

The "shocking truth" was that herd immunity was the Government's plan until less than a fortnight before the first lockdown, he tweeted on Saturday.

Instead Ministers pursued a strategy of "suppression" with lockdowns, but Cummings revealed on Sunday that had "we'd had the right preparations and competent people in charge, we would probably have avoided lockdown 1, "definitely" no need for lockdowns 2 and 3". - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that Covid-19 vaccines are proving effective against a highly contagious coronavirus variant, first discovered in India, as he was pressed on why the government is allowing travel from hotspots.

'That's not the same as saying, which I think has been misinterpreted in many places, that the aim would be to allow people to become infected and develop herd immunity. "Most political hacks believe in "the system".

Dominic Cummings, who left Johnson's staff late a year ago, made his comments in a series of tweets just days before he is due to give evidence to members of parliament about the government's handling of the pandemic.

He said herd immunity had been viewed as "unavoidable" until 9 March when government policy started to shift to "Plan B" - to "dodge herd immunity until vaccines [were available]". "It was then replaced by Plan B. But how "herd immunity by Sep" could have been the plan until that week is a fundamental issue in the whole disaster".

He is due to give evidence to House of Commons select committees on health and science on Wednesday.

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in London on November 13, 2020.

Mr Cummings, former chief adviser to Boris Johnson, claimed ministers pursued a herd immunity policy a year ago until it became clear thousands would die and the NHS would collapse.

He is understood to be ready to take his revenge campaign to a new level by producing incriminating texts, emails and WhatsApp messages detailing what he sees as serial incompetence in handling the response to Covid-19, while he was the prime minister's closest adviser.

The pandemic hit Britain hard, with more than 4.4 million cases confirmed and 128,000 virus-related deaths, forcing the authorities to impose strict lockdowns.

At that time Cummings, Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, and Chris Whitty, the chief medical adviser were arguing for a short "circuit breaker" lockdown of a few weeks.

The former adviser also said that the high levels of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United Kingdom could have been avoided if "competent" people had been in office.

Following Ms Patel's interview on Sunday morning, he said herd immunity had not been a "secret" policy but "official strategy" explained on TV and radio.

"Our response has at all times been focused on saving lives and ensuring the NHS (National Health Service) was not overwhelmed".

"Absolutely all colleagues involved in those meetings and discussions, working with the chief scientist and the chief medical officers, absolutely recognised that from the very hard discussions that we had".

MPs can only release documents that relate to their "lessons learned inquiry" into the pandemic.

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