Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi fought back tears after reluctantly telling Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he had recently lost his uncle to Covid-19.
Zahawi, who leads the introduction of mass vaccination for the government, was at Good Morning Britain to discuss a number of questions related to the vaccine.
However, after a cricket by Piers over the UK death rate near 100,000, Zahawi said, “It’s painful and … closer to home than you think Piers in terms of losing relatives and family.”
Piers urged the MP to Stratford-On-Avon to explain what he meant before Zahawi revealed his own coronavirus tragedy:
“Um …”, Zahawi began before closing his eyes and raising his hands. “I lost my uncle to Covid last week … but you’re right, it’s dark and horrible, but our way out is the vaccination program.
“It pisses me off, but it makes me determined to make sure we vaccinate the most vulnerable in our country and protect them as soon as possible.”
Curious to find out more, Piers said, “I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle, I can only ask … did he have a vaccine, was he entitled to one?”
After shaking his head a few times, Zahawi replied, “No, he was entitled to one, but unfortunately not … he got Covid before he got the vaccine.
“Of course, you have to wait 28 days for someone to recover before you can vaccinate them and they fail.”
Piers’ tone changed and he offered his condolences to the minister: “It is heartbreaking when you, as vaccination minister, have an uncle who just did not receive the vaccine in time to protect him.”
“And that shows, I think everyone, how important it is to get that call, to get that push, to get down there faster than a greyhound.”
A muted Zahawi added, “Absolutely.”
“I’m really sorry to hear that and thank you for sharing this information with us,” added Piers before Zahawi put his hands together and thanked Piers and Susanna before leaving the interview.
A pensive pillar then said, “You could see that for him he wasn’t sure whether to tell us.
“Actually, it’s important to personalize it, it’s powerful because now we have the vaccination minister’s family who have been hit by Covid. His own uncle died of Covid before he had a chance to be protected, and that is the race we’re in. “”
Piers then spoke about how the GMB family is still shaken by the news that Kate Garraway’s husband Derek may never wake up from a coma after contracting Covid at the beginning of the pandemic.
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