Laurence Fox: Half of UK 'afraid to say what they think'
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The London mayor candidate also questioned whether it was “elitist” to prioritise Brits over those in the developing world. Mr Fox, who is known for his controversial opinions about vaccines, took to Twitter and said: “Wouldn’t it be better to send the vaccines to India?
“Where they really really need them?
“Isn’t it elitist to prioritise Britains not at risk over those in the developing world?”
India said there were 349,691 confirmed infections over the past day bringing the country;’s total to more than 16.9 million cases, behind only the United States.
Delhi’s Health Ministry reported another 2,767 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing India’s fatalities to 192,311.
In the midst of the rising number of cases, the Labour party also urged the Government to show “real leadership” and supply excess COVID-19 vaccines to the Commonwealth nation.
Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth wrote a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb.
In the letter, seen by Express.co.uk, they wrote: “The rapid spread of infections has placed India’s health system under unprecedented strain.
“Shortages of liquid oxygen and canisters, COVID testing kits and available beds have left many hospitals unable to admit new patients.
“We are immensely proud of the strong bonds and ties between India and United Kingdom.”
They stressed the tragedy of this situation would be “felt particularly acutely here in the UK among the Indian diaspora”.
They concluded the United Kingdom can also “offer expertise, capacity and support” with a commitment to “share surplus doses of COVID-19 vaccine and support the Indian government in ramping up vaccine production and distribution to reach all parts of the country.”
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is facing mounting criticism for allowing Hindu festivals and attending mammoth election rallies that experts suspect accelerated the spread of infections.
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At one such rally on April 17, Modi expressed his delight at the huge crowd, even as experts warned that a deadly surge was inevitable with India already counting 250,000 new daily cases.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was already looking at sending drugs and equipment to India.
India was added to the UK’s travel red list at 4am on Friday, meaning arrivals from the country must now enter quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days.
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