London — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed his first response to the coronavirus pandemic, his political fate declined, but quickly recovered thanks to the deployment of a surprisingly effective vaccine in the United Kingdom. ..
Johnson hopes that history will repeat itself as its popularity declines again after the promise of not raising taxes this time is broken.
On Tuesday, he announced a campaign to provide vaccine booster shots to people over the age of 50 and the first shots to 3 million children aged 12 to 15 years.
But if winter brings about a surge in new incidents, he reintroduces mandatory mask wear, deploys vaccine passports, and works if possible, under what the government calls “Plan B.” You can encourage people to stay home.
“We are now in a situation where so many people have some degree of immunity, and small changes in the way we ask people to act can have a bigger impact,” Johnson said in a press conference. Said.
For now, the prime minister has doubled the vaccine campaign to prevent the UK’s medical services from being overwhelmed, depressing the economy and eliminating the need to order a new blockade that infuriates the noisy caucuses of his own legislators. I trust in.
“Vaccine bounces helped him for the first time. If he can say that the booster project (which will be a big story in British politics) is successful and planned for deployment, it helps him. It’s possible, “said Matthew Goodwin, a professor of political science at the University of Kent.
But Goodwin added, “He is certainly vulnerable to his internal critics.”
For leaders who often oppose political gravity, the risk is high as Johnson’s Conservative polls have fallen for the first time in months. Last week he announced plans to raise taxes, and there is growing suspicion about his commitment to “level up” economically disadvantaged areas.
There are also signs that some of the new voters Johnson attracted in the 2019 elections may be drifting. “His Premiership doesn’t seem to do what these voters want right now,” said Professor Goodwin.
It was the impending financial crisis in health and social care programs that forced Johnson to break his promise and agree to raise taxes on workers, employers and some investors. Not only did it jeopardize his party’s reputation for low taxes, but it also offended some prominent party donors.
According to a recent poll conducted by YouGov, support for the Conservatives fell 5 points to 33%, and Labor rose 1 point to 35%, taking the lead for the first time since January.
Some of Johnson’s difficulties show that investigations generally support strict measures by British citizens to contain the virus, but blockade restrictions are the noisy libertarians of his own Conservatives. It’s a disgust for me.
Therefore, the government did not rule out the possibility of even stricter restrictions, but revealed that it would be a last resort after exhausting “blocking light” measures such as compulsory mask wearing and vaccine passports.
Johnson emphasized the success of the vaccination campaign on Tuesday, stating that it created “one of Europe’s freest societies and one of the most open economies.” “That’s why we’re sticking to our strategy right now,” he added.
Public health experts generally supported Johnson’s announcement, but the UK, as always, lags behind other countries in issues such as vaccination of young people and encouragement of the use of face masks. Some pointed out that it seems.
Devi Sridhar, Head of Global Public Health Program at the University of Edinburgh, said:
The UK has said that vaccinations for people aged 12 to 15 are “going in the same direction as in other countries, but significantly behind” and that they have mandatory masks and vaccine passport emergency response plans. We are strengthening the tests to create and pass the country. Things that are likely to be a difficult winter.
Monday’s decision to vaccinate a 12-year-old child was controversial, although many other countries, including the United States, France, Italy and the Netherlands, began doing so a few months ago. The UK Government’s Advisory Group on Immunization and Immunization has previously concluded that the health benefits of people between the ages of 12 and 15 are insignificant. It prompted discussions about the ethics of children vaccinated to prevent the spread of the virus, which is a health hazard to the adults they live and meet.
On Monday, chief medical officers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland argued that vaccination campaigns would bring other benefits to young people by reducing school turmoil.
Similarly, the booster decision puts the UK in a growing group of countries offering additional shots to their citizens before most people in the world receive a single dose of Covid. Causes criticism from the special envoy, David Nabarro. who.
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“Frankly, I’m a little angry to hear that Britain is going into a booster.