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Scientists have been sounding the alarm on coronavirus for months. Why did Britain fail to act?
. The author, Richard Horton, is a doctor and editor of The Lancet.
Something has gone badly wrong in the way the UK has handled Covid-19. I know Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance. I have the utmost respect for both. They have had the services of some of the most talented researchers in the world to draw on. But somehow there was a collective failure among politicians and perhaps even government experts to recognise the signals that Chinese and Italian scientists were sending. We had the opportunity and the time to learn from the experience of other countries. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the UK missed those signals. We missed those opportunities.

In due time, there must be a reckoning. I sat with the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in Geneva in February. He was in despair. Tedros had been criticised for not calling a public health emergency of international concern sooner. But when he did and when he asked for the modest sum of $675m to help the WHO combat the growing global pandemic his pleas were ignored.

If I might offer the good doctor an explanation: British Exceptionalism: We have the BEST DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS. We have nothing to learn from foreigners - Europeans or darkies. Sound familiar? It is the same mindset that underlies Brexit.

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