Covid response ‘one of UK’s worst ever public health failures’

Posted by on October 11, 2021 7:01 pm
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Early handling and belief in ‘herd immunity’ led to more deaths, Commons inquiry finds

Britain’s early handling of the coronavirus pandemic was one of the worst public health failures in UK history, with ministers and scientists taking a “fatalistic” approach that exacerbated the death toll, a landmark inquiry has found.

“Groupthink”, evidence of British exceptionalism and a deliberately “slow and gradualist” approach meant the UK fared “significantly worse” than other countries, according to the 151-page “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date” report led by two former Conservative ministers.

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