Did the UK government prepare for the wrong kind of pandemic?
Britain’s highly rated disease preparation failed on coronavirus – possibly because ministers followed a plan for flu
When the coronavirus struck, the British government repeatedly said it was among the best-prepared countries in the world – with some justification. As recently as October, an international review of pandemic planning ranked the UK the second best prepared country in the world (behind the US).
Two months on, any breezy confidence has evaporated. The government is facing growing complaints over a series of policy missteps that critics say are responsible for the worst death toll in Europe.