Playing politics with a life-anddeath issue

 

Playing politics with a life-anddeath issue
At a time when officials should be doing their utmost to preserve public confidence in the vaccine programme, it’s shocking to see some people shredding it for their own cynical ends. Labour leader Keir Starmer for one. His call for teachers to be moved up the vaccination queue and given a jab in half-term may have populist appeal, but it flies in the face of advice given by the experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, who have devised an order of priorities they think will save the most lives. On what basis is Starmer rejecting their calculus? Then there’s the British Medical Association, which has slammed the Government for allowing the gap between the Pfizer vaccine’s two doses to be extended from three to 12 weeks. Again, the Government did so on expert advice, so where is the BMA’s compelling evidence this is the wrong path? The worst offender, though, is France’s President Macron, who falsely claimed that the AstraZeneca vaccine was “quasi-ineffective” for the over-65s. “This is nothing less than the president of the most vaccinesceptical nation in Europe spreading disinformation.” These people should know better than to play politics with this issue.

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