Keir Starmer insists tests more useful than jabs in Covid vaccine passport debate

Testing 'more effective than double jabs' says Starmer

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Speaking to LBC’s Nick Ferrari on Monday, the Labour Party leader explained how “tests are more useful than double vaccinations” in order to put on large events. He drew on Health Secretary Sajid Javid who recently contracted coronavirus despite having two jabs. Sir Keir went on to explain continued testing will lower the spread of Coronavirus at large events as it removes the possibility of double vaccinated people, who are being penned to be given vaccine passports, bringing the virus into events

Sir Keir explained: “You have got to be careful at mass events and certainly the principle of double vaccination and a negative test is one I would support.

“That was one I was very happy to sign up to to watch England in the Euros.”

But Sir Keir stressed: “I think tests are actually more useful than double vaccinations.

“As the Health secretary has shown he of course got covid about ten days ago… 

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“But he had been double vaccinated so I actually think tests are much more useful.

“The NHS have been doing testing of their staff three times a week for the last months.

“As a way of making sure they can get their staff back in.”

On Monday, Mr Starmer told LBC’s Nick Ferrari that it is “pragmatic” to introduce vaccine passports for sporting venues.

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Sir Keir said: “I will look carefully at what the government puts forward. I want to be pragmatic about it.

“I want to make sure that sport and all sectors are opened up as quickly as possible.

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But he stressed: “What I don’t want to see is vaccine passports used on an everyday basis for access to critical things like health, dentistry, food.”

The government plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs to force clubgoers to prove they have been double jabbed in order to enter.

But campaigners have argued the move is “discriminatory” and “authoritarian” with many in the nightlife sector furiously rejecting the idea.

The plans are due to come into force at the end of September.

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