LONDON – Boris Johnson wished to be injected with the coronavirus dwell on tv at first of the pandemic to indicate the virus was “no menace,” the UK’s official coronavirus inquiry heard on Tuesday.
The allegation got here in a witness assertion to the continuing investigation from Edward Lister, the then Prime Minister’s chief of workers from 2019 to 2021 and a trusted aide who additionally labored with Johnson as Mayor of London.
He stated that Johnson “prompt to senior civil servants and advisers that he wished to be injected with Covid-19 on tv to show to the general public that he didn’t pose a menace.”
Lister, now a Conservative member of the Home of Lords, stated the feedback got here “at a time when Covid was not seen as the intense sickness it later grew to become”, and described it as an “unlucky remark”.
Noting that he was not sure of the precise timing of the remark, he stated it was “made within the warmth of the second.”
That is the second time such an allegation has been made about Johnson. Dominic Cummings – a former senior adviser to Johnson who resigned amid a row with the then Conservative chief – instructed a parliamentary committee in 2021 that No 10 officers in Downing Road have been involved that Johnson would inform his Cupboard colleagues “that is swine flu, don’t fear”. On this subject and I’ll ask (chief physician) Chris Whitty to inject me dwell on TV with the Corona virus.
Johnson has not but appeared on the inquiry, the place he can be questioned about his authorities’s response to the pandemic and have the chance to offer his personal model of occasions.
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