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Boris Johnson admits Britain's lack of PPE when Covid struck was a 'tragedy'

Britain's lack of its own personal protective equipment when the Covid pandemic struck was a "tragedy", Boris Johnson has admitted.

The Prime Minister said the nation "couldn’t produce enough gloves, enough gowns, enough masks" in a call with Tory activists.

He insisted the problem is now resolved, with the UK able to make 85% of its own PPE instead of relying on international supplies.

His confession last night appears to show a very different tone to previous remarks by the government.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock came under fire in February for claiming that, while there were “individual challenges in access to PPE”, they “never had a national shortage, because of my team”.

Yet Mr Johnson told activists: "When the pandemic began, as

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