Whitehall ‘groupthink’ is holding the UK back and left us unprepared for Covid pandemic, warns vaccine mastermind Kate Bingham 

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  • Civil service ‘groupthink’ is holding UK back, says vaccine rollout mastermind
  • Kate Bingham warns of lack of scientific knowledge among Mandarins
  • He said that the machinery of the government is dominated by the process, not the result.

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According to the mastermind of the Kovid vaccine programme, civil service ‘groupthink’ is holding Britain back.

Kate Bingham warned of a lack of scientific knowledge among Mandarins and ministers called the country ‘extremely prepared’ for the virus.

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And it said the jab rollout could have been delayed if it had been left to the normal functioning of the government.

Dame Kate wrote in The Times, ‘The machinery of government is dominated by the process rather than the result, leading to delays and inertia.

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Kate Bingham (pictured) warned of a lack of scientific knowledge among Mandarins and ministers left the country ‘extremely prepared’ for the virus

‘There is an obsessive fear of individual error and criticism, a culture of group consideration and risk aversion.’

Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser said ministers lack the scientific understanding needed to understand the threat of the COVID pandemic and senior civil servants do not have the scientific and technical understanding needed to be ‘operationally effective’.

He said it left the country exposed to future threats ranging from cyber warfare to climate change.

She said: 'There is an obsessive fear of individual error and criticism, a culture of group culture and risk aversion' (file image)

She said: ‘There is an obsessive fear of individual error and criticism, a culture of group culture and risk aversion’ (file image)

Civil servants were also accused of treating trade with ‘hostility and suspicion’ in criticism of their lack of skills in science, industry and manufacturing.

The 56-year-old, a venture capitalist in the life sciences, was put in charge of leading the vaccine task force last year.

The decision to buy the jabs most likely to succeed before results are available has been widely credited with helping Britain launch the Western world’s first vaccine program.

In a talk tonight at Oxford University, titled Lessons from the Vaccine Task Force, she also plans to suggest that the outcome of the vaccine program could be very different if it were thanks to the participation of Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. does not happen. The Times reported.

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