According to his former chief adviser, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
devised a crazy plan to prove coronavirus
was a "scare story" by injecting himself with the virus on live TV.
Johnson dismissed COVID-19
as “the new swine flu” in February 2020, a month before the virus was declared a pandemic
and Britain imposed its first lockdown, Dominic Cummings
“The prime minister regarded this as just a scare story,” Cummings testified, blasting the government’s response to the pandemic. He added that Johnson’s aides saw the prime minister’s attitude as, “It’s swine flu, don’t worry about it. I’m going to get (Chief Medical Officer) Chris Whitty to inject me live on TV with coronavirus, then everyone realizes it’s nothing to be afraid of.”
Cummings added, "That would not help actual serious planning."
It was unclear whether Johnson's comments were intended to be humorous.
The postscript, however, was no laughing matter: a month after making the dismissive remarks, Johnson contracted COVID-19 (inadvertently) and nearly died.
users drew parallels between COVID-19 and another world leader who downplayed it.
Trump wanted to be injected with bleach, while Boris Johnson wanted to be injected with COVID. Does he understand how this virus infects? — David Hale (@Hokieman78) May 26, 2021
Trump injecting bleach is less insane than @BorisJohnson injecting cocaine. — Alberto (@Albertoweaver84) May 26, 2021
“Trump saying we should inject ourselves with bleach to fight COVID is the craziest thing any leader has said about Coronavirus”Boris: “Hold my beer...” — Stewart Pitt (@stewartpitt) May 26, 2021
PM suggested Chris Whitty inject him with Covid live on television
to prove the virus wasn't that dangerous. It appears that Boris Johnson set the standard for the most ridiculous idea to combat Covid, one that even Donald Trump
couldn't match — Stephen Latham (@stephen_latham) May 26, 2021
Boris Johnson took Donald Trump's bleach drinking and turned it into a "inject me with the virus live on tv" pic.twitter.com/NLXalC0dmP — DEN JOHNSON (@deanjohnsonuk) May 26, 2021