This wasn’t the only time Zahawi was called out recently either.
Speaking to Sky News, Zahawi said that the UK was rapidly ramping up testing capacity, saying:
“I can’t give you a date on that. What I can say is by October we will have the capacity of half a million tests a day.”
When interviewer Kay Burley asked what the point was of a 10 million a day testing target was if they don’t know when they’ll be able to have it, Zahawi simply said that it would put the UK “absolutely in the premier league of nations for tests.”
"It's right to be ambitious because if we can get to a situation where every person in the UK can test every day then you begin to be ahead of the virus even without a vaccine."
Burley then said: “Was it Oscar Wilde who said, 'we're in the gutter but we're looking up at the stars'. I mean we're in the gutter looking up at 10 million, we don't know when we'll get there."
Zahawi hit back and said: "It's a bit unfair when you say that. One test for every five people at the moment, ahead of Germany. To describe that is in the gutter is totally inaccurate."
The UK government is facing increased scrutiny over a lack of testing – as the total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections rises every day – as well as an inability to get track and trace running as it had been promised back in April.
The UK government has promised that there will be 10 million tests available every day soon – but is only carrying out 81,000 every day at the moment.