Yesterday in the House of Commons, Munira questioned Sajid Javid MP on the timing of a third wave of Covid-19. With cases of Covid-19 rising, Munira called for greater clarity. She asked how a third wave would impact the case numbers and the number of people suffering from long Covid.
No clear answer was provided. The Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, only mentioned that the vaccine would mean a future wave would be different to previous waves.
Speaking in the Chamber Munira asked:
“It is clear from comments made by the chief medical officer, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State over the past 24 hours that, in their view, it is better to have a third wave of covid now than it is in the winter when the NHS is struggling. Will the Secretary of State please confirm explicitly whether that is the policy aim of the Government and, if so, will he confirm the estimate of his officials of how many excess deaths and additional cases of long covid that that third wave will result in?”
The Secretary of State for Health responded:
“No one wants another wave of covid cases. As the hon. Lady will have heard, what is different this time, as we sadly see cases rise, is the vaccine. The link between case numbers and hospitalisations has been severely weakened, as I have set out to the House in quite some detail, and that is what matters.”