‘Don’t make Whitty the scapegoat!’ SAGE should not be blamed for Covid errors, according to a recent poll.
During the first months of the pandemic, a COVID investigation found that the Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) used a “fatalistic” approach to herd immunity. However, notable figures such as Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance have come to the defense of the chief advisers.
The report “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date” revealed that during the first three months of the pandemic, “the Government moved from the ‘contain’ stage to the ‘delay’ stage,” with “that approach involving trying to manage the spread of covid through the population rather than stopping it spreading altogether.”
Because the government chose to contain rather than eradicate the virus, it took a long time to implement lockdown measures, halt international travel, and begin mass testing, according to the report.
This early policy was a “major blunder,” according to the study, and ministers “thought it was impossible to oppose the opinions of their official scientific advisers” despite the fact that most of SAGE’s advice was incorrect.
However, Britons appear to sympathize with SAGE advisors, including Mr Whitty, saying he did his best in the face of an unprecedented difficulty.
“This was an extraordinary event, no one knew how it would turn out,” one voter said.
“Looking for scapegoats is unjust and cruel.
“Without a doubt, everyone ‘tried their best,’ and no one would have made their judgments carelessly” (username K69tie).
“This caught the governments of the entire world off guard,” said another. Yes, mistakes were made, and they were made all over” (username S0crat3s).
The study was particularly critical of the medical advice supplied to the government on the subject of care home mortality.
“Both the government and the NHS failed to recognize the huge threats to the social care sector at the start of the epidemic,” it stated.
“SAGE either didn’t have enough social care representation or didn’t give the impact on the social care industry enough weight.”
Thousands of deaths may have been averted, according to members of the report’s health and science committee, if more attention had been paid to safeguarding care facilities from Covid infections.
This website asked readers whether they thought Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, or Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign as a result of the findings in a poll held from October 12 to 13. “Brinkwire News Summary.”