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The health secretary has attacked proponents of a herd immunity strategy for coronavirus, describing it as a “flawed goal”.Speaking during a debate on the government’s new three-tier COVID-19 restrictions, Matt Hancock said he wanted to confront the argument for adopting such an approach “head on”.
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“If we let this virus continue unchecked, the loss of life would be simply too great to contemplate,” he told MPs.Herd immunity is the resistance to a contagious disease within a population because enough people have become immune, making it harder for it to spread.
Mr Hancock’s remarks come after the release of the so-called Great Barrington declaration.
Signed by leading experts from the universities of Oxford, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Cambridge, Sussex and York, it suggests herd immunity as a way forward.
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