'No country better' at responding to variants than UK says Javid
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The Health Secretary has clashed with Labour MP John Spellar after delivering an update on Coronavirus to MPs. Sajid Javid shut down the Labour MP after the Government’s handling of the omicron variant was called into question. He told Parliament that the UK had been the country to first identify the new strain and alert the world to the dangerous news variant. Mr Javid argued that no country had in fact been better prepared.
Mr Javid told the Labour MP: “There are going to be variants of COVID-19, as the honourable gentleman says, for many years, and indeed there have been many hundreds of variants, and there is no country in the world that is better at surveillance of those variants.
“May I remind the honourable gentleman that it was the UK that alerted the world to the threat of Omicron.
“There is no country that is better prepared if you look at how quickly and swiftly the UK reacted, for example, with this international restrictions, the information we shared to the world on vaccines.
“So I think the honourable gentleman understands those points, I regret the way he’s framed his question.”
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