It is sad that as we pass the anniversary of the first confirmed cases of Covid, 100,000 people have died; Covid noted on death certificates.
We should not forget that the UK has the highest rate of obesity in Europe, and we are the 5th fattest nation in the world. It is significant too that high numbers of vulnerable ethnic minorities work in care homes and the NHS. And, a high proportion of our elderly reside in care homes. Other countries tend to care for loved ones at home where most die of ‘natural causes’, not kept going despite their poor quality of life.
The Prime Minister not only ensured the UK booked millions of vaccines from a variety of sources last summer, but by doing so and paying for the jabs at the time, ensured the pharmaceutical companies, scientists and their research teams had the finances secured to enable them to do their vital work.
His leadership skills were on display when dealing firmly but diplomatically with the hopeless EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. She is clearly out of her depth and dodgy; threatening to revoke Article 16 creating a hard border across Ireland.
Boris is renowned for his ability to put the right people in the right jobs: Health Secretary Matt Hancock who used his intelligence and guile to ensure that the UK dramatically increased its domestic production capacity for vaccines last year. He also refused to sign the contract between Oxford University and the US drugs giant Merck, placed on his desk by civil servants, when spotting it failed to give binding guarantees over supplies for the UK.
Alok Sharma brilliantly oversaw the Vaccine Taskforce, Kate Bingham who assembled a committee of experts from big pharma, scientists and logistics businesses. She was also responsible for recruiting over 400,000 people of all ages by investing in advertising to reach these vital volunteers, who acted as guinea pigs for the vaccines.
The list also includes Professor Van-Tam the Deputy Chief Medical Officer who ensured the UK bought adequate numbers of freezers and vials. These extraordinary people, and those now administering the vaccine, and scientists still toiling behind the scenes, have been working flat out to get us to where we are today. They deserve our unconditional respect and eternal gratitude.
Thank goodness No 10 said, “Thanks but no thanks” to the EU last July when invited to join its vaccine procurement scheme. At the time Labour’s Europe spokesman Catherine West said the decision was ‘dumber and dumber’. Now who is looking dumb besides her? The Commission President who behaved disgracefully last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other power crazy mob running the EU?
It is interesting that for the first time the Independent is praising Boris, criticising and questioning their beloved EU’s competence, and almost but not quite – yet, suggesting that the UK has benefitted from Brexit.
I wonder how long before the Independent, perhaps even the Guardian, will be suggesting Brexit was their idea all along? I agree as others have suggested that in 10 years’ time you will struggle to find anyone who will admit to voting Remain.
I wonder when all the clever clog ex-prime ministers, left wing opinionated BBC , C4, LBC and other broadcasting commentators, as well as the remaining Remainers, will admit that unless you are the Prime Minister receiving the benefit of ‘intelligence’ day in, day out, you really haven’t got a clue what is going on, and should therefore pipe down.