Boris Johnson celebrated the role of the “free market economy” as the “centerpiece” of the vaccine launch when he launched the Conservative campaign for the May elections.
The prime minister told activists on Saturday they should applaud the “incredible scientific breakthrough” in the fight against the coronavirus as they try to rally support for the Tories.
Speaking to the Conservative Spring Virtual Spring Forum, he said the party would “wisely keep taxes and spending down” while promoting a private sector to support the jab by jab, job by job path to recovery.
Labor hit back, accusing the government of “cronyism”, saying the Tories are cutting nurses’ wages and NHS spending while raising taxes on families.
Mr Johnson said the state had “played a pretty big role” in the vaccination program and that health workers, councilors and the army all played important roles.
“But in the end, none of this would have been possible without the innovative genius and commercial strength,” he added.
“And you know what I’m going to say – the power of the private sector – the free market economy.
“Because at the heart of this vaccine launch is a great and inevitable lesson about the need for private capitalist energy that takes risks.”
Labor Vice-Leader Angela Rayner hit back and called on the public to vote for the party on May 6 to “achieve a safer and more successful UK recovery from the pandemic”.
“The success of the vaccine rollout shows how brilliant our NHS is, in stark contrast to the £ 37 billion outsourced Serco test and trace system that couldn’t control infections and prevent further bans,” she added added.
“A vote for Labor is a vote for our NHS and a raise for our nurses. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote for more cronyism, more incompetence and more cuts in local services. “
The May 6th vote will include polls for county and county councils in England, police and detective commissioners and mayors of the city, including London.
There are also elections to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
There will also be a by-election in Hartlepool, where Labor will hope to defend the inland seat.
During the virtual conference, Amanda Milling, co-chair of the Tory party, warned that Labor could see a “post-Corbyn boom,” with Sir Keir Starmer in charge of the party after his predecessor’s disastrous general election campaign.
Sir Keir launched the Labor campaign earlier this month targeting the government’s controversial 1% wage increase for NHS workers. He stated that “a vote for Labor is a vote in support of our nurses”.
Conservatives must defend their handling of the coronavirus pandemic during the campaign which saw the UK suffer a high death rate and financial slump.
However, the party clearly hopes that the successful introduction of vaccines will increase their chances of success.