LOOK at photos of the healthcare heroes who lost their lives to Covid over the past year and one fact leaps out.
The vast majority of selfless doctors and nurses who died saving others have been from ethnic minorities.
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Vaccine hesitancy has sadly been too prevalent in minority communitiesCredit: Dan Charity – The Sun
Members of these communities, regardless of their jobs, have suffered a disproportionately high toll from this terrible disease.
That is why Prince Charles was right to say it is a tragedy that not everyone in the country is benefitting from the vaccine which offers our only way out of the pandemic.
Vaccine hesitancy, rooted in false scare stories about the jab, has sadly been too prevalent in minority communities.
The scientific evidence for the safety of the jab is clear. Tales to the contrary are just bunkum.
Hopefully those still in doubt will be swayed by celebrities like Denise Lewis, Romesh Ranganathan and Meera Syal, who are helping dispel the dangerous myths about the vaccine in TV ads.
They might also remember the heroes from their own communities who sacrificed themselves to give others the protection of life-saving medicine.
COVID cases are back down to where they were before the second wave of the pandemic and still falling.
We are tantalisingly close to a return to normality, the Prime Minister will tell G7 colleagues today.
Boris Johnson will tell G7 colleagues that we are tantalisingly close to a return to normalityCredit: Getty – Pool
For that, he will say, the world can thank scientists who have risen to the most extraordinary of challenges and performed brilliantly.
That’s all well and good but, as Boris plans his Roadmap to Recovery, he should be mindful not to waste the incredible opportunity the scientists have given us.
That means aiming for the earliest possible exit from the freedom-denying, economy-crippling restrictions we are all suffering.
We’ll keep going Prime Minister, but you need to show us the finishing line.
CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak is a brave man to face a grilling from famously foul-mouthed superchef Gordon Ramsay.
He will be relieved that the Hell’s Kitchen star praised him for his furlough support for hospitality staff and his business rate holiday during the pandemic.
Gordon Ramsay praised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for his furlough support for hospitality staffCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But he should be in no doubt that the industry is in a perilous state.
A key ingredient of his Budget should be an extension of the VAT holiday for struggling hospitality businesses, something The Sun has campaigned for.
Ending it would be a recipe for disaster.
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