Ian Lavery shared “concern about how these vaccines have come to market in just four months.”
After questioning why anyone would have faith in the Covid vaccine and expressing concern about the pace at which the two newly released vaccines were approved, former Labour Party leader Ian Lavery has come under fire.
Hours after Labour leader Keir Starmer spoke out against anti-vax movements, the MP’s video leaked, saying that he would support emergency legislation to fight them.
It highlights how Lavery continues to express concerns about the pace at which the approval process for the vaccine was conducted.
Nevertheless, Lavery – who is known to have spoken from Starmer’s office – later tweeted that “my words were taken out of context,” adding that he denied “any claim that I am in any way opposed to the rollout.” He also praised the scientific community’s successes in creating the vaccine.
The comments were aired in a Socialist Telly video on Jan. 3, which describes itself as “Grassroots Socialist Television, for the many” “Why should anyone have confidence in the vaccine?”Why should anyone trust the vaccine?
Lavery, who also referred to the UK’s decision to postpone the administration of the second dose of the vaccine so that more individuals would get their first shot sooner, made it clear that he wants the vaccine to be given to individuals. “I want everybody, let me be honest, I want people to get vaccinated, I really do, and it’s important,”I want everybody, let me be honest, I want people to get vaccinated, and I really do, and that’s important.
Nevertheless, he added in the footage first recorded on Tuesday by the website Guido Fawkes, “I have concerns about how these vaccines… have come to market when it would normally take 10 years, and it has taken… four months.”
It typically takes three to four years for the approval process to go through……it didn’t take three or four weeks.
And I have concerns, big concerns, of course, about this administration and the lack of confidence.
Former Labour MP Mike Gapes, who defected to Reform UK in 2019 before losing his seat in the general election, tweeted, “What a disgrace.” in response to a clip from the video.
Until April 2020, Lavery, an ally of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, served as party leader for nearly three years.
Starmer told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday that “we have to deal with the anti-vax campaigns because they will cost lives,” as he explained that he would be prepared to collaborate with the government to pass emergency legislation to deal with them.
Lavery tweeted Tuesday afternoon, “Like everybody else, I’m overwhelmed by our scientific community’s achievements in marketing a vaccine for a disease we’ve only known about for a year.”
My comments have been taken out of context and I deny any arguments that I oppose its implementation in any way.
To ensure that the vaccine is adopted, we need a national initiative now.
I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that we can see our friends and family again and fight once again for a better Britain.
Monday marked the beginning of the launch of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford/AstraZeneca, the second in the UK to receive green light.
Pfizer/vaccine BioNTech’s was also licensed last month by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), making the U.K. the first Western nation to license a covid vaccine.
MHRA head Dr. June Raine emphasized that “no corners were cut.” on the occasion of the Oxford vaccine’s approval late last month.
The government aims to provide the first dose of vaccine to people in the four highest priority categories – 13.9 million people – by mid-February, as England starts a third nationwide lockdown that will last at least seven weeks to contain the spread of the virus.