PM rejects calls for inquiry into government's handling of Covid

Boris Johnson has ruled out an investigation into the UK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic at the moment, but said it is time to learn lessons “in due course”.

Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Ed Davey said: “In response to my question in July, the Prime Minister promised an independent investigation into the UK’s response to Covid. In the six months since then, Covid cases have skyrocketed, our NHS is on its knees and 50,000 more people have died. Britain now has one of the highest death rates in the world, even higher than Trump’s America.

“To learn the lessons of what went so devastatingly wrong under his leadership, will the Prime Minister commit to opening the investigation he launched this year last year?”

Mr. Johnson replied: “(Sir Ed) answers his own question with the preamble which he set out. The NHS is under unprecedented pressure, the entire British state is trying to fight Covid and launch the largest vaccination program in our country’s history. “

He added, “The idea that we should now focus government resources, huge government resources, on an investigation in the middle of the pandemic doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t think it makes sense to members of the House.

“Of course we will learn lessons in due course and of course there will be a time to think about and prepare for the next pandemic.”

Conservative MP Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) said teachers, carers and rescue workers should be vaccinated next after the most vulnerable and health workers.

“Does the Prime Minister agree that once we have vaccinated the most vulnerable people, the elderly and our wonderful health and social workers, we should prioritize vaccination of police officers, rescue workers, carers, teachers, kindergarten staff and all of these?” Whose essential daily work brings you into contact with other people? “

Boris Johnson replied, “We have to rely on what the JCVI has to say, on the priorities that the experts have set, but of course we want the groups he mentioned to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

“I am delighted that, despite all the difficulties, we gave 1.5 million people their first dose, half a million more than the week before.”

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