This is someone called Professor Paul Cosford. He is Emeritus medical director of Public Health England. And Emeritus professor in lying.
Everybody involved is frustrated that we haven’t got to the position yet [on testing] that we need to get to… You’ve heard about the 2,000 yesterday [NHS staff tested] – nowhere near where we need to get to but it’s a good start.
No. 2000 is not a “good start”. It is a dismal place to be in more than 8 weeks after the WHO announced an imminent global health emergency in connection with coronavirus.
I know 2,000 doesn’t sound a lot compared with the many hundreds of thousands of NHS staff that we’ve got but that is now ramping up quickly … This is an incredibly complex operation to put in place in a very short period of time.
If only that were true. Again – 8 weeks is not a very short period of time. The reason there is a short period of time is because Public Health England did not start on this in February. They missed the boat. Stop lying.
End Notes (which show Professor Cosford is lying)
Editor of The Lancet explains why there is no valid reason for the delay. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30727-3/fulltext
Guardian article explaining that the reason for the delay in sourcing tests is that the effort to source tests was delayed while the government pursued the now abandoned “herd immunity” scheme https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/fall-in-covid-19-tests-putting-lives-at-risk-critics-claim