LONDON (Reuters) – British Health Minister Sajid Javid was charged on Sunday with insulting coronavirus victims after urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and “learn to live with this virus, in instead of being scared. “
Javid, who replaced Matt Hancock as Health Minister last month after his predecessor resigned for violating COVID rules by kissing an assistant in his office, began his work urging people to learn to live with the virus.
Britain, which has one of the highest official death toll from COVID, has shifted its strategy to combat the coronavirus from using restrictions to limit its spread to opening up society in hopes that vaccines will protect the majority of people. of serious diseases.
Cases are high, but so is acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines, with officials arguing that the change is necessary to help businesses in sectors such as hospitality and the nighttime economy.
Writing on Twitter, Javid said Saturday that he had recovered after testing positive for COVID. “The symptoms were very mild, thanks to the amazing vaccines,” he said.
“Please, if you haven’t already, get your jab on, as we learn to live with this virus, instead of cowering.”
Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, was one of several lawmakers from opposition parties and people who have lost family members to the pandemic to criticize her use of the phrase “cower.”
“127,000 people have died from this virus, tens of thousands of whom would still be here if it weren’t for the catastrophic failures of their government,” he said on Twitter.
“So how dare you denigrate people for trying to protect themselves and their families?”
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