MPs claim that while ministers made “major blunders” that caused lives early in the Covid crisis, the jab deployment was “world class.”
Early in the Covid issue, ministers made “huge blunders” that caused lives, but the jabs deployment was “world class,” according to MPs.
After questioning senior government officials for a year, Parliament’s health and science committees released a devastating 150-page report.
They discovered that the first lockdown in 2020 was too late, that care homes were neglected at first, and that the Test & Trace program was “slow and chaotic,” failing to prevent the need for lockdowns.
They did concur, however, that the vaccination rollout was “among the most effective in the world.”
“It is hard to get everything right in an emergency,” said the inquiry’s leaders, Tory MPs Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark.
“The UK reaction comprises a mix of major accomplishments and major blunders. It’s critical to draw lessons from both to ensure that we do the best we can for the rest of the pandemic and in the future.” They hailed NHS employees, scientists, public servants, businessmen, and volunteers, calling Covid the “greatest problem our country has faced in years.”
However, they claimed that the UK’s approach was “inflexible” and that scientific advice was not sufficiently challenged.
This resulted in a postponement of the lockdown until March 2020, despite the fact that it was “inevitable” because there was no other way to stop the virus.
The report claims that stopping swab testing during the first wave was a “major mistake” and that Public Health England should have been pressured to increase capacity.
It goes on to say that it was only then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s “unorthodox” decision to set a target of 100,000 tests per day by April 2020 that galvanised the system and resulted in a substantial boost in capacity.
It also claims that ignoring social care and sending hospital patients to care homes without evaluating or isolating them was a “devastating” mistake that resulted in thousands of fatalities.
However, it claims that ministers were correct in identifying vaccines as the long-term solution to the pandemic.