Sajid Javid apologises for 'cower' Covid remark

Javid apologises for 'cower' Covid remark

7/25/2021 3:44:00 PM

Javid apologises for 'cower' Covid remark

The health secretary says he used a poor choice of word in a tweet, after criticism from victims' group.

The tweet on Saturday said: "Full recovery from Covid a week after testing positive. Symptoms were very mild, thanks to amazing vaccines."Please - if you haven't yet - get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus."

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Nearly 70% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated, and 88% have had their first jab, according to thelatest figures.Every adult in the UK has now been offered a vaccine. But, amid a spike in cases caused by the Delta variant, the government has launched a series of appeals in recent weeks to encourage people who have not yet come forward to have their jab.

Mr Javid replaced Mr Hancock as health secretary last month after his predecessor stood down.He tested positive for Covid on 17 July and spent the last week in self-isolation. Theafter they had come into contact with him.The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group said Mr Javid was right to apologise.

The group's co-founder, Jo Goodman, said earlier that the "flippancy and carelessness" of Mr Javid's comment had "caused deep hurt and further muddied the waters of the government's dangerously mixed messaging".Shadow justice secretary David Lammy also questioned his use of the word, saying: "Don't denigrate people for trying to keep themselves and their families safe."

Lib Dem health spokeswoman Munira Wilson said Mr Javid's tweet was "outrageous" and his "careless words have insulted every man, woman and child who has followed the rules and stayed at home to protect others". Read more: BBC Health News »


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