Ex-British Economy Minister Sajid Javid takes over as health portfolio

This content was published on Jun 26, 2021-7:25 PM

London, June 26 (EFE). – Former British Economy and Home Affairs Minister Sajid Javid will take over the Health Ministry after Matt Hancock resigned for breaching anti-epidemic rules, Downing Street announced on Saturday.

Javid, 51, has come to office amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the UK and the expansion of the delta variant, which is more transmissible and already prevalent in the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official office says Queen Elizabeth II is “delighted” in agreeing to appoint Javid, who was in charge of the UK’s finances between July 2019 and February 2020.

Javid, who has extensive management experience, also led the Ministries of Interior, between 2018 and 2019; Housing, Communities and Local Governments, 2016 to 2018; Business and Innovation, between 2015 and 2016, as well as Culture, Sports and Media (2014-2015).

He will now be one of the main officials in charge of the British vaccination programme, as more than 32 million people have already been immunized with the full coronavirus vaccine schedule (61.2% of the population).

It will also, with the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet, be responsible for the roadmap for easing the restrictions imposed on the pandemic.

The CEO maintains July 19 as the scheduled date for the removal of all social restrictions, despite the fact that COVID-19 infections are on the rise (in the past seven days, they are up 54.4% compared to the previous seven days).

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Javid replaces Hancock in health, and was forced to resign after a tabloid broadcast a photo of him hugging and kissing an aide in early May, contravening then-current recommendations to prevent infection. EFE

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