A new report released today by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee says Britain’s Covid vaccination program has been “one of the most successful initiatives. most effective in UK history ”, but that the delay in implementing the first lockdown was a“ serious mistake ”that should have been challenged.
In its report examining the UK’s initial response to covid, the committee makes 38 recommendations to government and public bodies. During his hearing, he relied on evidence from more than 50 witnesses, including former Health Secretary the Honorable Matt Hancock, Professor Chris Whitty, Sir Patrick Vallance and Dominic Cummings, as well as over 400 written submissions.
The report was unanimously approved by members of two special committees, which consist of 22 MPs from three political parties — Conservative, Labor and SNP.
The joint commissions inquiry, which began in October 2020, examined six key areas of the response to covid-19: the country’s preparedness for a pandemic; the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions such as border controls, social distancing and lockdowns to control the pandemic; the use of testing, tracing and isolation strategies; the impact of the pandemic on social care; the impact of the pandemic on specific communities; and the purchase and deployment of covid-19 vaccines.
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He concluded that some initiatives were examples of global best practice, but others represented mistakes, saying both need to be thought about to ensure lessons are applied to better inform future emergency responses.
The report criticized delays in putting in place an adequate system of testing, tracing and isolation, which it said has hampered efforts to understand and contain the outbreak and failed to reach its mark. stated objective of avoiding blockages.
He added that “the initial decision to delay a full lockdown – despite the practice elsewhere in the world – reflected a fatalism about the spread of covid that should have been vigorously challenged at the time.”
He also claimed that social care was not given sufficient priority in the early stages of the pandemic and that there was an urgent need for a long-term strategy to tackle health inequalities across the Kingdom. -United.
The report says that if its recommendations were implemented by government and public bodies such as the NHS, it would ensure that during the remainder of the pandemic and in the event of a new emergency, the UK could perform better by pulling lessons – positive and negative – from its initial response to covid.
In a joint statement on the journal’s publication, Jeremy Hunt MP, chairman of the health and social services committee, and Greg Clark MP, chairman of the science and technology committee, said: “The UK’s response has combined great achievements with great mistakes. It is essential to learn from both to ensure that we perform our best during the remainder of the pandemic and into the future ”, but added that“ there should have been more challenge on everyone’s part. first British consensus that delayed a fuller lockdown when countries like South Korea showed a different approach was possible.