Johnson blocks scientists from answering ‘political’ questions at coronavirus briefing

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Boris Johnson repeatedly prevented journalists from asking the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, and the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, for comments on Dominic Cummings’ breach of lockdown, at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing on Thursday. Both Vallance and Whitty eventually confirmed they did not want to be involved in politics, to which Johnson added: ‘Unfortunately, I have no choice’
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