U.K. lawmakers criticize the government’s early response to the new coronavirus in new report

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The report is a preliminary assessment of the Health and Social Care Committee of the British Parliament and the Science and Technology Committee, saying that the British Covid response is slow and “passive”.

Legislators said that one of the biggest failures of the government’s approach was the initial policy at the beginning of the pandemic to try to control the spread of Covid rather than stop its spread altogether.

They also criticized the delayed blockade, the failure of the British contact tracing program, and the lack of attention to the most vulnerable groups, especially those in the social care sector and high-risk communities-namely blacks, Asians and other minorities. The report also stated that people are not interested in learning from the experience of other countries, such as East Asian countries that were the first to respond to the pandemic.

However, the report emphasizes that one of the bright spots of the British government is the rapid and effective deployment of its vaccine program.

This 150-page report is the result of a cross-party survey that began in October 2020 to review the UK’s initial response to the pandemic. It contains 38 recommendations to governments and public agencies, and draws evidence from more than 50 witnesses and 400 written statements.

Herd immunity and delayed locking

The report stated that, with the support of scientific advisers, the government made a “serious early mistake” in the first three months of the pandemic and failed to take measures to stop the spread of the virus. This is a method adopted by many East and Southeast Asian countries.

The report said: “This is actually equivalent to receiving herd immunity caused by infection is an inevitable result,” which may lead to “hundreds of thousands of deaths.”

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic, the United Kingdom has reported 138,167 deaths from Covid-19, more than any other country in Western Europe.

Other countries and regions in Europe and Asia, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea, have implemented strict border controls, social distancing, and early blockades once cases occur—some even as early as January 2020. Control the pandemic.

The report stated that there was a certain degree of “collective thinking” between the official scientific advisers and the government, and ministers hardly questioned the recommendations they received, which meant that the UK was “not so open to methods adopted elsewhere.”

This resulted in a delay in the nationwide blockade imposed by the United Kingdom on March 23, 2020.

The report added: “However, even if the UK’s policy has changed to implement a comprehensive national lockdown, the role of non-pharmacological interventions against Covid-19 has been complex, inconsistent and opaque for most of the remainder of 2020. .”

‘Test and track’

Another area strongly criticized by the report is the UK’s “Test and Track” program. The report called Public Health England’s efforts “very poor” and concluded that the plan ultimately “failed.”

“Although the United Kingdom was one of the first countries in the world to develop Covid testing in January 2020, in the first year of the pandemic, the United Kingdom failed to translate this scientific leadership into an effective testing and tracking system. Operation is successful,” the report said.

The report said that stopping community testing at the beginning of the pandemic was a “serious error” and that national public agencies failed to share data with each other, including sharing data between national and local governments.

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The report stated: “A country with world-class expertise in data analysis should not face the biggest health crisis in a century when there is almost no data for analysis.”

The report added: “In the first few weeks of the pandemic, other countries, especially East Asia, did not seem to be interested.” “This is an unforgivable oversight.”

The report stated that although a large amount of taxpayers’ funds were used for the “test and trace” program, it has never been fully effective in preventing additional lockdowns. “If it weren’t for the success of the Vaccine Working Group and the NHS vaccination program, it’s likely to be in 2021. This summer will require further blockade restrictions.”

High-risk communities

The report also criticized the British government’s lack of attention to the most vulnerable groups, especially those in the social care sector and high-risk communities, namely blacks, Asians and other minorities.

“It is clear that the top ten NHS workers who died of Covid-19 came from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, and evidence has confirmed that the impact of Covid-19 on this part of the workforce is huge,” the report said.

The UK report found that minorities are 50% more likely to die from the coronavirus than whites

The lawmakers said that in places like Germany and Hong Kong, it is a “mistake” to allow patients to be transferred from hospitals to nursing homes “without adequate testing or strict isolation”.

The report said: “This, along with untested workers who were infected from the community to their homes, led to thousands of deaths that could have been avoided.”

The report stated in its recommendations that the government should ensure that its “upgrading” agenda includes “specific policies to reduce health inequality, with special attention to ensuring that certain groups, including blacks, Asians, and people from ethnic minorities, will not continue to meet. The health consequences of inequality.”

Vaccine success

According to the report, one area where the UK has succeeded in the pandemic is its rapid vaccine development and effective deployment.

The report said: “The government has the foresight to determine that the vaccine will be a long-term way out of the pandemic and has supported the development of many Covid-19 vaccines.”

It added that the plan “is one of the most effective initiatives in the history of British science and public administration”, and the result is “ultimately saving millions of lives.”

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