UK's Johnson takes 'full responsibility' for COVID measures

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government had done everything it could to minimize loss of life in the coronavirus pandemic after the country's death toll exceeded 100,000.

"I take full responsibility for everything that the government has done," Johnson said on Tuesday (January 26). "What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything we can, to minimize loss of life and to minimize suffering."

Britain will see more deaths from coronavirus before a vaccination program takes effect, England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty said after the country's death toll exceeded 100,000.

Johnson said he does not want European Union countries to restrict the supply of coronavirus vaccines to Britain, saying the lesson of the pandemic is that nations need to work together.

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BORIS JOHNSON: On this day, I should just really repeat that I am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost, and of course, as Prime Minister, I take full responsibility for everything that the government has done.

What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can to minimize loss of life, and to minimize suffering in what has been a very, very difficult stage, and a very, very difficult crisis for our country. And we will continue to do that.

One of the lessons we have to learn as-- the world has to learn from the pandemic is the need to cooperate, and to make sure that we do things together, and we understand how to fight these pandemics together. So I don't want to see restrictions on the supply of PPE across borders, I don't want to see restrictions on the supply of drugs across borders, and I don't want to see restrictions on vaccines or their ingredients across borders, and I think that's a pretty commonsensical, and I'm sure would be widely supported across the EU as well.