‘I have the ability to direct the interview! As an MP refuses to answer a vaccine question, Kay Burley retaliates.
Kay Burley, an SKY News presenter, was obliged to repeatedly press a government minister to confirm claims that 16 and 17-year-olds will be administered the vaccine, and she snapped when she suggested what the show should be focused on instead.
Michelle Donelan, the Minister for Universities, was repeatedly pressed to confirm claims that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will recommend that the coronavirus vaccination be made available to 16 and 17-year-olds. Despite being probed incessantly by Sky News’ Kay Burley, Ms Donelan wanted to move on and talk about the Government’s new Turing Scheme, which will finance students to study overseas. When the minister directed Ms Burley how to do the interview, she was obviously irritated before delivering a scathing rebuke to the Tory MP.
Ms Donelan was asked about the rumours that the JCVI will suggest vaccinating some youths, with an estimated 1.4 million being eligible, on Sky News.
Currently, the vaccine is only available to those over the age of 12 who have underlying health conditions, but the change could be implemented to protect schoolchildren before they return to school following the summer break.
When questioned if the reports were real, Ms Donelan said that people should wait for the JCVI to make the announcement.
Ms Burley claimed that the news had already been widely published due to various leaks, and that all she asked was for the minister to be forthcoming.
“What I’m asking you as a representative of the government this morning, do you think, as a representative of the government this morning, that parental agreement will be required if those jabs, if those jobs do go ahead?” Ms Burley asked.
“Which will be announced as soon as I have it,” Ms Burley added, adding that many worried parents watching the show will want to know if their children will be given the vaccine.
“As a representative of the Government, I’m waiting for the JCVI update on this, which may be today,” said an irritated Ms Donelan.
“But it’s extremely close, and as I’ve already stated, I’m not going to make a policy declaration before of time.
“I work for the Department of Education as a minister. I’m here today to talk about…” Ms Burley interjected, adding, “If you don’t mind, if I could sort of guide the interview, let me ask you one final question regarding jobs.”
“Given that, even if they do, youngsters often don’t suffer too badly.”Brinkwire Summary News”.