Sajid Javid accused world leaders of “herd behaviour” in their response to the coronavirus pandemic and likened them to panicked shoppers who hoarded toilet paper, The Telegraph can reveal.
The new Health Secretary made the comments in a research paper in December 2020 that he produced in his role as a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.
Mr Javid, who this week ruled out any further extension of Covid restrictions beyond July 19, also spoke of the need for the economic responses to the virus to be “overhauled”.
His comments are likely to add to the optimism of some Conservative MPs that Mr Javid will take a less hardline approach to lockdowns than his predecessor Matt Hancock, who resigned last week.
Governments of democratic industrialised nations demonstrated “herd behaviour” by allowing the existing policies of other countries to dictate their virus response, the former Chancellor argued.
“Many factors that took place during…