British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has rejected criticism from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former assistant Dominic Cummings and denies that he lied about the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking before a parliamentary committee on Thursday, Hancock defended his actions throughout the pandemic, saying the government only did “The best we could” based “About the information we had to protect lives.”
“Despite local challenges, and I do not deny at all that there were challenges in the individual areas, there was never a national shortage of PPE [personal protective equipment], ” Hancock added and rejected the proposal that the government failed to secure the necessary supplies needed to protect health workers fighting the virus.
In a condemnatory testimony delivered on May 26, Cummings claimed that Prime Minister Johnson is “Unsuitable for the job”said Hancock should be fired for lying and argued for it “Tens of thousands of people died” due to the government’s failure to respond quickly and effectively to the pandemic.
During his seven-hour silence before a parliamentary committee, Cummings, who had served as one of Johnson’s closest advisers, told the government “Disastrously fell below the standards that the public has a right to expect.”
While defending the British government’s response to the pandemic on Thursday, Hancock pushed the World Health Organization (WHO) to blame for underestimating the risk of asymptomatic transmission. He addressed what he sees as the failures of the international body, saying he regrets that he “Did not overdo it” the slow “Scientific advice in the beginning”.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Britain, which has so far experienced three waves of the virus, has reported 4,528,446 confirmed cases and 127,854 deaths, according to data provided to the WHO from 10 June.
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