Former prime minister riled when questioned about wanting to let the virus “rip” and partygate.
The chief medical officer's comments were revealed as Boris Johnson continued his evidence to the public inquiry into the pandemic.
The nickname was given in the wake of his controversial Eat Out To Help Out scheme.
It shines an interesting light on just how prepared for a pandemic the UK really was before Covid struck.
But Boris Johnson insists there is no conflict between the “gung-ho politicians and the cautious, anxious scientists”.
PM sticks with Plan B in bid to "ride out" wave without lockdown.
Spiraling infections fuelled by Omicron heighten speculation about another lockdown.
Some 88,376 infections is almost 10,000 more than Wednesday.
Joy Morrissey is under fire after suggesting the chief medical officer should "defer" to elected politicians over Covid decision-making.
"Perhaps the unelected covid public health spokesperson should defer to what our ELECTED Members of Parliament and the Prime Minister have decided."