British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday hit out at the “mumbo jumbo” and “nonsense” of anti-vaccine campaigners in his toughest attack on those opposing Covid-19 jabs.
“I want to tell the anti-vax campaigners that the people who are talking like this on social media are completely wrong,” Johnson told reporters.
“You haven’t heard me say that before, because I think it’s important that we have a voluntary approach in this country and we’re going to have a voluntary approach,” he said during a visit to a vaccination center.
Britain, one of the European countries already hardest hit by the pandemic, with a virus death toll of nearly 150,000, has seen a new surge in cases due to the arrival of the Omicron edition in late November.
Johnson noted that other European countries were going “coercive”, Italy on Wednesday making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all people over the age of 50, with fines for those who refuse.
He said, “What’s the tragedy that we’ve put so much pressure on the NHS (National Health Service), our doctors and nurses are going through all the hardships and we’ve taken out all the utter bullshit about vaccinations, ” They said.
“It’s totally wrong, it’s completely counterproductive, and the stuff they’re putting out on social media is totally jumbo.”
Johnson said on Tuesday it was “absolutely insane” that intensive care units in Britain were being filled without vaccinations, limiting NHS resources.
He said this week there were two million free places for vaccinations in the country and that most people receiving intensive hospital care for Covid have not been completely closed.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said at the time that he was “saddened” by the number of unvaccinated patients in the hospital and “disappointed” by anti-vaxxers’ deliberate intimidation tactics.
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