Dominic Cummings is slammed by vaccine expert for plan to ‘give volunteers Covid’

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Dominic Cummings criticized by vaccine expert for plan to ‘give volunteers Covid … and give their families £ 1 million or whatever’ if they die

  • Dominic Cummings proposed a trial in which up to 10,000 people got a virus
  • He boasted that it ‘certainly’ would have led to the introduction of vaccines from September
  • Vaccine expert has branded the idea so crazy that it was worthy of Donald Trump

Dominic Cummings was convicted last night by a vaccine expert for saying people would have been stabbed months earlier if volunteers had been injected with Covid and their families would receive ‘£ 1 million or whatever’ if they died.

In a baffling claim against MPs last week, Mr. Cummings proposed scrapping normal vaccine testing safety rules for a ‘human challenge’ trial in which up to 10,000 people were directly infected with the virus.

The prime minister’s former chief adviser boasted that ‘certainly’ would have led to the introduction of vaccines from September – three months before it actually happened.

Dominic Cummings was convicted last night by a vaccine expert for saying people would have been stabbed months earlier if volunteers had been injected with Covid and their families would receive ‘£ 1 million or whatever’ if they died

But Clive Dix, who chaired the UK Vaccine Task Force until last month, blamed the idea so ridiculous that it was worthy of Donald Trump and his suggestion last year that people could be injected with a disinfectant to kill the virus.

Mr. Dix told The Mail last night, “As far as I’m concerned, this was Donald Trump’s bleach moment.”

He condemned the idea as ‘junk’ and unethical, saying safety was a priority in vaccine trials.

During his marathon evidence session for MPs last week, Mr Cummings claimed the rollout could have started in September had the UK taken a different approach.

Clive Dix, who chaired the UK Vaccine Taskforce until last month, took the idea so crazy that it was worthy of Donald Trump and his suggestion last year that people could be injected with a disinfectant to kill the virus.

He stressed that this was “not my idea” and claimed that the new style mRNA vaccines, like the Pfizer shot, were made “literally in hours” in January last year. Mr Cummings suggested that the existing processes were too slow and said that the UK and US governments should have moved to ‘human challenge trials’.

He said, ‘We would pay 5,000 people or 10,000 people to be injected with Covid. When you die, your family gets a million pounds or whatever – something like that. ‘

That way, “we could have gotten vaccines into people’s arms at least in September.”

Mr Cummings told MPs he couldn’t remember who came up with the plan, but he regretted not pushing it harder.

When asked if the idea had been dropped due to “dislike,” Mr. Cummings admitted there were “problems” to be resolved, but blamed the “groupthink” mentality that the plan was not explored.

But Mr. Dix said he “shouted at the screen” when Mr. Cummings made his suggestions “because it was utter rubbish.”

“It makes everything question whether there is anything that you absolutely know is bullshit,” he added.

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