Johnson dismisses Gove’s remark that Covid vaccine refusals are ‘selfish’

Johnson dismisses Gove’s remark that Covid vaccine refusals are ‘selfish’

Boris Johnson rejected Michael Gove’s claim that people who refuse to be vaccinated are “selfish” because he and another minister argued that it was better to encourage people to see the positive benefits of receiving the vaccine. vaccine.

In an interview with LBC Radio, the Prime Minister was asked about comments by Gove, the Cabinet Minister, on Tuesday, where he said: “If you can be vaccinated and you refuse to do so, it is a selfish act. “

Johnson said: “I would say the other way around. If you get one, you are doing something very positive, for yourself, for your family.

Thérèse Coffey, the secretary for work and pensions, also did not support Gove when asked about his comments.

“I think there are still a lot of people who are still scared,” Coffey said, also speaking to LBC. “We want to encourage people to recognize that the vaccine is safe and that it will actually help them, but also others around them. I just really want to encourage people to be positive about the benefits for them, but also for society at large. “

Johnson also seemed significantly less enthusiastic than Gove about the idea of ​​national Covid certification, such as the plan, announced by the Prime Minister last week, that from the end of September anyone going to a box of night or in a similar place should prove that it had been double. -vaccinated, which is strongly opposed by a number of conservative deputies.

Gove had said that national Covid passports were “the right way forward” for some sites so that “people can be sure that those who attend these events are less likely to be carriers of the virus” – and specifically cited the Premier League matches.

When asked if he supported the idea, Johnson only replied, “I think it’s a very positive thing to do to get the vaccine. “

Pressed to know if he still supported the vaccine passports, the Prime Minister was again little enthusiastic: “I think it is a very positive thing to do to get vaccinated. And like I said the other day at one of these press conferences, obviously people can see when you look at things like travel, like mass events, that it’s going to be one of those things. that will help you, not hinder you.

Johnson also said it was “far too early” to conclude that UK Covid cases were on a long-term downtrend despite a week of declining infections.

After warnings that confirmed cases of Covid could reach 100,000 per day – notably from Health Secretary Sajid Javid – amid the end of most restrictions in England, infections appeared to peak at 54,674 on July 17 and have now fallen to 23,511, as recorded on Tuesday.

When asked if the more serious modeling turned out to be wrong, Johnson said, “These things are very difficult to calculate. We have seen some encouraging recent data, there is no doubt about it. But it is far, far too early to draw general conclusions.

“Most importantly, people recognize that the current situation still calls for a lot of caution. “

He was, however, adamant about the plan to end, from August 16, the obligation for vaccinated people to self-isolate after close contact with a person who will then test positive for Covid, saying that this date was “fixed”.


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