The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has blamed scientists for the devastating spread of Covid last year which killed tens of thousands.
Giving evidence to a Committee of MPs on Thursday Hancock said that he regrets not overruling the scientists who claimed that it was unlikely there would be an asymptomatic transmission of Covid.
Hancock claims that in January last year he first heard of asymptomatic transmission and called the World Health Organization (WHO) as he was “so worried about it.”
He claimed that the WHO said during a telephone call that it was “likely a mistranslation” information over Covid coming from China in January 2020.
The Health Secretary told MPs that they could not get evidence to prove asymptomait transmission was a problem and he “bitterly regrets” not sticking to “his guns” over this.
Hancock said, “Even though the formal advice I was receiving was asymptomatic transmission was unlikely and we shouldn’t base policy on that, I should have overruled that.”
He added, “I was in a situation of not having hard evidence that a global scientific consensus of decades was wrong but having an instinct that it was.
“I bitterly regret that I didn’t overrule that scientific advice at the start and say we should proceed on the basis that there is asymptomatic transmission until we know that there isn’t rather than the other way round.”