Matt Hancock announced that he has been appointed special representative to United Nations . Former health secretary will focus on helping African countries recover from Covid-19.
Hancock said he was " honored "to be given the role, adding on Twitter:" I will be working with the UN, the United Nations Economic Commission for data Africa to help Africa recover from the pandemic and promote sustainable development.
This happens four months after he resigned from his Cabinet role for breaking social distancing rules by kissing and kissing an assistant in his office.
According to the UN, African countries risk paying more than £ 300 billion to recover from the pandemic.
The UN Deputy Secretary General, Vera Songwe, adstated that Hancock's "success " in managing the UK pandemic response was a testament to the strengths he would bring to this role.
In a letter posted by Hancock on Twitter, Songwe said: “The acceleration in vaccines that has led the UK to accelerate economic recovery is a testament to the strengths you will bring to this role, as well as your fiscal and tax experience. monetary. . The role will support Africa's cause globally and ensure that the continent progresses better, leveraging the end of financial innovations and working with major stakeholders like the G20, the UK government and the Cop26 . "
In his acceptance letter, also posted on Twitter, the Conservative MP wrote: " As we recover from the pandemic, we must so take advantage of this moment to ensure that Africa can prosper. "
However, Global Justice Now , which campaigns for a global deployment of the jab and has called for patent waivers on vaccines, condemned the appointment. Nick Dearden, its director , said: "Matt Hancock has helped block international efforts to allow low- and middle-income countries to produce their own Covid-19 vaccines, leading to millions of deaths in the south of the world. This man's daring claiming to help African nations and promote sustainable development is disgusting. "
The unpaid appointment of Hancock comes as a damning report by MPs a been published on how the errors and delays of governmentBritish nt and science advisers have claimed lives during the pandemic.
The multi-stakeholder study, science and technology committee and health and social services, said the UK's pandemic preparedness was far too focused on influenza, while ministers waited too long to push through lockdown measures in early 2020. In a high-profile report , MPs said the UK's planning was too "narrowly and inflexibly based on an influenza model " that failed to learn from Sars, Mers and Ebola.
The former chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies told MPs that there was "group thinking", with infectious disease experts not believing that "Sars, or a other Sars, happen to usfrom Asia ". help, in violation of social distancing rules. Speaking at the time, he said: " The last thing I want is my privacy hijacked attention to the determined goal that gets us out of this crisis. "