One of the few people from whom I received unworthy praise Dominic Cummings Kate Bingham was the former “vaccine tar” in front of lawmakers during Wednesday’s marathon session.
An enterprise capitalist, Bingham He was appointed unpaid chairman of the UK Vaccine Task Force in May last year and is credited with leading the team that has helped the country move forward with its vaccination program.
But Kim Ings’ testimony describes the toxic backlash in Whitehall and how there have been negative briefings from inside the government against individuals like Binham.
Although the prime minister asked Bingham to lead the task force, the lawmaker said the briefing against him came from within 10 minutes.
The leaked exchange began when Greg Clark, chairman of the science committee, described how Bingham was in a difficult situation when he was “criticized in many ways … and some of that briefing came from number 10.
Kim Ings said he knew he was being picked, although he denied it was anyone from his team on Downing Street.
“I knew there were briefings against him,” he said. “I was told by the authorities that they thought most of it came from DH [Department of Health] But like all these things, one never really got to the bottom of it.
“The closest system we found in it were people in need who had their noses out of their noses or were jealous of their profiles.”
He added: “People who stopped coming and helping the big money earners were also beaten in the press from some parts of the Whitehall, which scared me, and Kate, I think, got caught up in such crossfire.”
Clark asked Kim Ings to suggest that Bingham was familiar with the suggestion that Downing Street’s “radio silence” could be made public because he once needed protection.
“I know there were some briefings against them,” she said. “I asked in two meetings where the briefings came from. The best guess about the 9-10 people was the parts of Whitehall that didn’t have their noses attached.”
Earlier in the hearing, Kim Ings said the “senior man” had expressed concern that Bingham was no longer leading the task force.
“A lot of people have expressed concern to me that since Kate left Bing Gham … the government hasn’t had an aggressive approach to think through some variants and a vaccine taskforce.”