England’s colourful deputy chief medical officer to step down

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LONDON (Reuters) -England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, whose use of colourful metaphors and similes became a hallmark of the British government’s COVID-19 news conferences, said on Thursday he was leaving the role and returning to academic life. Van-Tam, 57, used analogies from flying, soccer and rail travel to explain the state of the struggle with the pandemic, winning praise for his clear communication of complex issues. He warned the public not to “tear the pants out of it” when the government began to ease COVID lockdown restrictions. A keen soccer fan, Van-Tam told th…

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