Richard Horton’s remarkable accusation highlights that expert opinion against Tories’ headlong rush toward unvaccinated and unattainable ‘herd immunity’
The Editor-in-Chief of world-renowned medical journal The Lancet has gone on video to accuse government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Chris Whitty of ‘wilfully misrepresenting scientific opinion across the country‘ to justify Sajid Javid’s stubborn determination to remove measures to restrict the spread of COVID – even though Javid has admitted that his move will lead to 100,000 infections a day or more and even though many of those now worst hit are our children. The UK’s ‘R rate’ is now around 1.5 and rising, meaning exponential growth in infections.
Richard Horton told a Zoom meeting that much scientific opinion is in fact ‘profoundly’ against Javid’s actions:
A group of more than 1200 scientists have signed a statement – to which Horton refers in his comments – accusing the Tories of:
recklessly exposing millions to the acute and long-term impacts of mass infection.
Javid appears to think that Boris Johnson was talking sense and not insanity last year when he spoke of ‘taking it on the chin’ and simply allowing the virus to spread unchecked, in order to achieve a ‘herd immunity’ that Skwawkbox revealed (and others later confirmed) would have cost up to a million UK lives or even more.
The Tories have never abandoned herd immunity, but changed their language to disguise it – leading to the needless deaths of 150,000 and more people in the UK – for which Boris Johnson has refused to express regret. Herd immunity is a mirage with this virus – allowing it to spread simply gives it more opportunities to evolve new strains that can bypass even vaccine-driven immunity. Javid’s determination not to pursue a ‘zero-COVID’ strategy – as successfully achieved by the likes of New Zealand, which has seen only 26 deaths and whose social life and economy are thriving as a result – puts not only the UK but the world at risk.
The Tories’ commitment to herd immunity will result in thousands more avoidable deaths – and nobody knows what long-term consequences for the children they have pushed into the front line of infection, because the virus is too new and the ongoing damage to organs and immunity are only beginning to emerge.
Tory ‘social murder’ – really just murder – is going full-steam ahead and according to Richard Horton they are being abetted in it by the wilful misrepresentation of scientific opinion.
The Department of Health and Social Care press office, which handles enquiries for the CMO, was contacted for comment, but said it was still preparing ‘lines’ on Horton’s accusation.
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