The first official inquiry into British epidemic policy has released its report. The inquiry was conducted by the British Parliament and was highly critical of the government and its scientific advisers. The government’s decision in the first weeks of the epidemic described the investigation as “one of the biggest public health failures in Britain’s history”.
What does the investigation say is wrong?
According to the investigation, the UK has been waiting a long time for society to close in the spring and winter of 2020. It is estimated that thousands of lives were lost. According to the new report, the policy of the British government in the first weeks of the epidemic was based on trying to achieve “herd immunity”. Boris Johnson followed the recommendations of the government’s scientific advisers.
There was a herd mentality among the British decision-makers at the trial, which meant that these councils were not adequately questioned. On March 16, 2020, the government’s scientific advisers changed their recommendations, but the UK did not close a week later.
According to the investigation, which parts of the British Epidemiology Policy were successful?
The UK vaccination program has been highlighted very successfully. In a joint statement issued by the leaders of the parliamentary committees that prepared the report, Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark said, “Britain’s epidemic policy has been characterized by some great successes and two great mistakes. It is important that we as a nation learn from both.
What is this politically important?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on leave and did not comment at the time of writing. In the UK, there is a general perception that the government was too slow to close the border and close the community. The British are aware that infection monitoring has not worked properly for a long time and most people consider the vaccination program to be very successful. In this respect, the report says nothing new.
On the contrary, it confirms the image that most citizens have already received an epidemic policy through the media. So it is unlikely to affect their attitude towards the government. On the other hand, an investigation into how officials and the government are handling future crises in the United Kingdom may be of greater importance.
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