British health minister Sajid Javid was accused of insulting coronavirus victims on Sunday after urging people to take a Covid-19 vaccine and “learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus”.
Javid, who replaced Matt Hancock as health minister last month after his predecessor stepped down for breaking Covid rules by kissing an aide in his office, began his job by urging people to learn to live with the virus.
Britain, which has one of the highest official Covid death tolls, has shifted its strategy to fight coronavirus from using restrictions to limit its spread to opening up society in the hope vaccines will protect most people from serious illness.
Cases are high, but so is uptake of Covid-19 vaccines, and officials argue the shift is needed to help businesses in sectors such as hospitality and the night-time economy.
Writing on Twitter, Javid said on Saturday he had recovered after testing positive for Covid. “Symptoms were very mild, thanks to…