Mr Hancock said the vaccine made him “proud to be British”.
The Health Secretary wiped away his tears this morning as he discussed the hope the Coronavirus vaccine bings this morning.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, the health secretary had to wipe his eyes when talking about the first people who received the newly-approved Pfizer-BioNTech jab today.
Mr Hancock said; “It’s been such a tough year for so many people and there is William Shakespeare putting it simply for everybody that we can get on with our lives.
“There are still a few months to go, I’ve still got this worry that we can’t blow it now, we’ve still got to get the vaccine to millions of people and so we have got to keep sticking by the rules.
Mr Hancock also commented that the new vaccine made him “proud to be British” despite the fact the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being developed outside of the UK.
Over 60,000 deaths.
Hundreds of health and social care workers have since taken to social media to complain about Mr Hancock’s “crocodile tears”.
Never forgive or forget.
Dr Rachel Clarke, a Palliative Care Specialist, responded to the images of Mr Hancock saying; I have witnessed too many genuine tears to count this year.”
“Counselled too many bereaved families. Cared for too many who died.”
“We threw a protective ring around care homes, you told us. Words – as a palliative care doctor – I will never forgive or forget.”
Anthony Johnson, Lead Organiser for Nurses United UK, added; “It’s pretty shameful to see the Health Secretary trumping up nationalism over an international vaccine developed because of international collaboration.
“It’s shameful to see him crying tears of joy when nurses on the frontlines still can’t get PPE and so many of our colleagues have died because of his decisions.
“The vaccine is an incredible achievement, funded and supported by our NHS. We need to make sure that all doses are actually used and we can hopefully recover and heal from this mess.”