Coronavirus: Boris Johnson tells reporter Whitty and Vallance won’t answer questions on Cummings

Boris Johnson stopped his top scientific and medical advisers answering a question about Dominic Cummings at the daily briefing.

Responding to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, the prime minister said he wanted to protect Sir Patrick Vallance, his chief scientific adviser, and Chris Whitty, his chief medical officer, from an “unfair and unnecessary attempt to ask a political question”.

Sky’s deputy political editor Sam Coates later asked the pair if they were “entirely comfortable with the prime minister telling you that you can’t answer questions about Dominic Cummings… and is there anything else the prime minister has told you not to answer on?”

Mr Whitty answered: “I can assure you the desire not to get pulled into the politics is far stronger on the part of Sir Patrick (Vallance) and me, than it is in the prime minister.”

Sir Patrick added: “I’m a civil servant, and I’m politically neutral and I don’t want to get involved in politics at all.”

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