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I deleted a tweet that used the word “curl up”. I was expressing my gratitude that vaccines help us fight as a society, but that was a bad word choice and I sincerely apologize.
Like many, I have lost loved ones to this terrible virus and I will never minimize its impact.
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) July 25, 2021
“I was expressing my gratitude for the fact that vaccines help us fight as a society, but it was a bad choice of word and I sincerely apologize,” he said.
“Like many, I have lost loved ones to this terrible virus and I would never minimize its impact. “
Mr Javid’s initial tweet was criticized for being insensitive to those who had remained at home during the pandemic due to health conditions or in an attempt to protect others.
Jo Goodman, co-founder of COVID-19 Bereved Families for Justice, said the Health Secretary’s comments were “deeply insensitive on many levels.”
“Not only are they hurting bereaved families, implying that our loved ones were too cowardly to fight the virus, but they are insulting anyone who is still doing their best to protect others from the devastation this horrific virus can bring,” he said. she declared.
Reacting to the apology, the campaign group said it welcomed Mr Javid’s remarks and repeated an earlier call to visit the COVID memorial wall in London with them to ‘understand the injury and the insult’ caused by his “wrong choice of word”.
This morning we wrote to @sajidjavid informing him of the hurt his use of the word ‘curl up’ has caused and asking him to walk with us on the National Covid Memorial Wall, hear our stories and learn the impact of his words.
A copy of the letter is below. pic.twitter.com/vBwtr9y0vU
– Covid-19 Bereaved families for justice UK (@CovidJusticeUK) July 25, 2021
Professor Devi Sridhar, president of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, said the remarks would be “painful to read for those who were gravely ill” and those who have lost loved ones to COVID.
“It wasn’t because they were weak, just unnecessarily exposed to a virus,” she said.
In a statement released ahead of Mr Javid’s apology, Labor’s Vicky Foxcroft said her tweet was “offensive and misinformed”.
“It is estimated that more than one in 60 people in the UK is still protected. During the first and second waves, more than three million people were protected at the request of the government, ”said the shadow minister for people with disabilities.
“Most were happy to do it because we know it kept us safe. “
Mr Javid replaced Matt Hancock as health secretary in June, after Mr Hancock resigned following the publication of CCTV images which showed him kissing an assistant in violation of coronavirus restrictions.