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Sajid Javid says immediate priority is to end COVID pandemic – amid ‘baptism of fire’ warning | Politics News

Newly appointed Health Secretary Sajid Javid said his immediate priority was to end the coronavirus pandemic as he was warned he was facing a “baptism of fire”.

Tribute to his predecessor Matt hancock, who resigned after being caught breaking social distancing rules by kissing an aide, the minister said he knew the role carries “a huge responsibility” and is committed to doing all he can to offer the people.

His return to the cabinet follows Mr Hancock’s resignation on Saturday after the leaked video footage showing the then health secretary in a clinch with the bride and groom Gina Coladangelo last month, in violation of COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions.

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“Those who establish these rules must respect them”

Mr Javid, former Chancellor and Home Secretary, said: “Matt Hancock has worked incredibly hard. He has accomplished a lot and I am sure he will have more to offer in public life.”

He added: “I have been honored to hold this position. I also know that this comes with a huge responsibility and I will do everything possible to make sure that I deliver things for the people of this great country.

“We are still in a pandemic and I want this to end as soon as possible and this will be my most immediate priority to see that we can get back to normal as soon as possible and as quickly as possible.”

But in occupying this prominent position, Mr. Javid faces a booming and urgent plateau, facing not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also huge patient waiting lists, to continued demands for a social care plan and a fight for the NHS Pay.

Speaking to Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, president of the British Medical Association (BMA), said its members “feel absolutely exhausted” due to the pandemic and …

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