The comments made by Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, on 23 January 2021.
Labour has always recognised that if we are to defeat the virus anywhere, we must defeat it everywhere. If our economy is to recover fully, we cannot always be looking over our shoulder for new variants coming from overseas.
The Government must use its chairing of the G7 to lead global efforts for a virus mutation monitor that prioritises cooperation, safeguards vaccines and prevents future threats.
We cannot see a repeat of the dither and delay that has characterised the Government’s response to this crisis, not least at the border where the country was left unguarded against migration of the virus.