Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, one of the two candidates running for Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, criticized Boris Johnson’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Sunak, giving scientists “power” is a mistake.
Sunak criticized Johnson and said it was wrong to scare people about the virus. “The script was, ‘It’s good for the economy to do this for our health,'” he told the magazine. the observer.
The candidate for the position also noted that scientists on the government’s advisory board had a lot of influence from ministers in making decisions such as closing schools and day care centers.
According to him, at the start of the pandemic, when scientists presented scenarios of what would happen if lockdowns were not imposed or extended, their requests for basic modeling were ignored.
The Conservative Party elects a new leader after Johnson is forced to resign by a series of scandals in his government. Party members are voting to choose either Sunak or Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
In the controversy, the government’s handling of the pandemic became a topic among the candidates. Truss said this month that he would never again authorize another lockdown like the one in the country.
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