Infectious disease expert quits, warning Covid is ‘a long way from over’
Leading infectious disease specialist Sir Jeremy Farrar has dramatically quit the government’s ‘SAGE’ scientific advisory group.
Farrar was pushing for the Tories to implement a ‘vaccine plus’ strategy, with greater mitigation measures such as distancing, mask-wearing and continued ‘test and trace’, because of his concerns that the current measures are not preventing a stark rise in infections, hospitalisations and deaths.
By contrast, the Tories have been pursuing a policy of allowing and even encouraging infection among children in pursuit of a ‘herd immunity’ unattainable with an evolving virus without mass infections and deaths – despite rising numbers of deaths among school-age children.
Farrar has warned that the pandemic is ‘a long way from over’. Meanwhile, Tory Health Secretary Sajid Javid has talked in terms of 100,000 new infections a day being acceptable and supposedly manageable.
Approaching 200,000 people have died of the virus since the pandemic began, despite government measures to change how deaths are counted. A look at New Zealand’s negligible death rate shows how needless and avoidable the mass UK deaths have been.
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