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UK PM Johnson considered having Covid injection in early 2020

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Patty Aguilar | 27 May, 2021, 12:26

"We have worked flat out to minimise loss of life", said Johnson.

As danger loomed in February 2020, many ministers were away on ski holidays.

"In February the Prime Minister regarded this as a scare story".

Such was Johnson's scepticism about Covid-19, he even told officials he was considering getting the government's chief medical advisor to inject him with the novel coronavirus to show the public it was not a big threat, Cummings said.

In an excoriating account of the crisis's early days, Cummings - a divisive figure who carved out a uniquely powerful role in Johnson's government before stepping down in December - said senior ministers and officials "completely failed" to adequately plan.

"The view of various officials inside Number Ten was, if we have the Prime Minister chairing Cobra meetings and he just tells everyone "It is swine flu, don't worry about it, I'm going to get Chris Whitty to inject me live on TV with coronavirus, so everyone realizes it is nothing to be to be frightened of, ' that would be, that would not help actually serious planning", Cummings said".

Weeks later, Johnson announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 - leading to a spell in intensive care during which he nearly died, he later admitted. He later said plans had been prepared to announce his death.

"We absolutely reject Mr Cummings' claims about the Health Secretary", a spokesman for Mr Hancock said.

Matt Hancock is due to face MPs a day after his handling of the pandemic was fiercely attacked by the prime minister's former senior aide.

Cummings took aim at his former boss and his team in Downing Street for failing to realise the seriousness of the crisis at the start of 2020.

By the time Mr Johnson did order another lockdown in late October, Mr Cummings said their relationship had broken down.

Cummings left his job in November amid a power struggle inside the prime minister's office. "I think we're going to kill thousands of people".

Reuters has reported how Britain was slow to spot the infections arriving, was late with a lockdown and it continued to discharge infected elderly hospital patients into care homes.

Cummings repeated an allegation, which Johnson has denied, that the prime minister late past year said he would rather "let the bodies pile high" than impose a second lockdown.

"I can say that at every turn he [the prime minister] was acting with the best motives and intentions with the information that was available, which was limited and imperfect".

There was no data system to deal with Covid, no way to understand its spread and there was "not even a plan to bury all the bodies", Cummings said.

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson insisted the government's priority had always been to "save lives".

Asked how he felt about being called a donkey, Jenrick says: "Well I don't think that's a fair assessment of what happened".

"I apologise for not acting earlier and if I had acted earlier then lots of people might still be alive".

He has pointed to Britain's rapid vaccination programme as a success that will allow the economy to rebound before its peers.

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