Boris Johnson Refuses To Offer 500 Pound ‘Bribe’ To Britons Who Get COVID Jab

Boris Johnson Refuses To Offer 500 Pound ‘Bribe’ To Britons Who Get COVID Jab

More than two months have passed since HMG fist authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-10 vaccine to be administered to patients under ’emergency use’ guidelines after reviewing the scant Phase 3 trial data produced by the UK government’s drug regulator.

And while the British government has won plaudits in the media – including from the Financial Times, London Times, and most of the other big British newspapers – for the speed of its vaccination campaigns, unfortunately, they have done little to put a dent in the number of hospitalizations, while the number of Brits dying every day from the virus has reached its highest level yet, something that scientists have widely blamed on the new hyperinfectious variant currently widespread in the UK.

Now, while PM Boris Johnson has repeatedly promised not to pass legislation forcing Britons to accept the vaccine, the conservative PM has just shot down another “liberal” strategy that some BoJo aides believed would encourage more Britons to get the shot, even if they didn’t want to. That strategy is essentially bribing those who do choose to accept the vaccine with a £500 ($683.6) payoff.

According to the Independent, HMG has always kept this policy under review. However, they ultimately concluded that existing schemes were more than enough.

“We always had the £500 support payment for those that are on certain benefits,” he told the BBC. “We have always kept this under review and we know that it is sometimes quite challenging to ask people to isolate for that length of time.

“At the moment we are in full lockdown anyway so while people can leave to work, in many cases people will be staying home anyway. We constantly keep this under review. We have got to consider all sorts of policies.”

Though the UK continues to see slowing cases and easing deaths, at the moment, authorities are in full lockdown, and the other day Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested that it might be extended further into

Meanwhile, Environment secretary George Eustice said the government was considering “all sorts” of policies. Later, pressed on these reports about his remarks, the environment secretary said the government was considering “all sorts” of policies in an attempt to try and help individuals stick to the government’s self-isolation rules.

“We always had the £500 support payment for those that are on certain benefits,” he told the BBC. “We have always kept this under review and we know that it is sometimes quite challenging to ask people to isolate for that length of time. “At the moment we are in full lockdown anyway so while people can leave to work, in many cases people will be staying home anyway. We constantly keep this under review. We have got to consider all sorts of policies.”

Over in New York, Gov Cuomo has also refused to impose anymore strict isolation policies, but instead he said during a tweet the other day that reopening NYC’s economy, and that of the greater New York state, would be his top priority.

Of course, while BoJo’s lockdowns have proven surprisingly ineffective at combating the virus…

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..it makes sense that the PM opposes more unnecessary, unproductive handouts.

So far, the UK has vaccinated roughly 5.5MM people, a much larger percentage than most other nations.

But what does it say about the British government’s propaganda surrounding these new, deadly strains of the virus if they’re already looking for more excuses.

Tyler Durden
Sat, 01/23/2021 – 08:45

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