A high minister apologized for mistakes made in handling the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, after at least 160,000 died0 people and a historical report that found government handling of the outbreak was one of the worst public health failures in British history.
Oliver Dowden, the chairman of the Conservative Party, said he was "very sorry" and admitted "we didn 't get it all right" after a major investigation by two all-party small parliamentary committees chaired by Conservative MPs revealed that a "fatalistic" approach taken at the start of the epidemic resulted in many unnecessary deaths. He said an approach to British "exceptionalism" meant the UK was doing "considerably worse" than the others.
After Minister of Cabinet Office Stephen Barclay refused to apologize Tuesday, Dowden struck a more humble note. He told Sky News: "Of course I'm sorry, like the Prime Minister is sorry. Yesterday I was listening to the kind of experiences these bereaved families have and the kind of terrible loss they have. We are sorry for the losses that all these families have suffered.
" It was an unprecedented crisis, a unique event in 100 years. It didn 't there are no perfect rules for us to follow, we had to adapt and evolve very quickly, and of course, we would do some things differently in hindsight. "
Dowden said the report was "very good " and underlined the success of the vaccination program he demonstrated.
It 's 'is also voiced on LBC, saying the government "will review all recommendations and respond fully". The deadline is December 12 - two months from the date of publication of the report.
Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary, and Greg Clark, the former business secretary, took matters into their own hands to produce the reports, along with the 20 other members of the select committees they chair.
A formal independent public inquiry will not begin until next spring, raising concerns ministers will not learn enough lessons soon enough if a new variant of concern wreaks havoc this winter.
With travel restrictions eased and at least 78.6% of eligible people doubly vaccinated, the government is hoping the UK has come through the worst of the pandemic and is not there will be no repetitionn last year, when the second and third waves eclipsed the first.
Johnson said earlier this year that it was "difficult to calculate the grief "for every life lost to Covid, claiming he was taking " full responsibility "for the government's response to the crisis, although he said ministers “did all we could” to limit the number of deaths.