The pursuit of herd immunity is a folly – so who’s funding this bad science?

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The pursuit of herd immunity is a folly – so who’s funding this bad science?

Links between an anti-lockdown declaration and a libertarian thinktank suggest a hidden agenda

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‘lockdowns are one of numerous measures that scientists have called for, and are seen as a short-term last resort to regain control.’ Pedestrians cross the Millennium Bridge in a quiet London, as it enters a new phase of lockdown.
Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Earlier this month, in a wood-panelled room at a country estate in Massachusetts, three defiantly unmasked professors gathered around a large oak table to sign a declaration about the global response to the pandemic. One academic had flown across the Atlantic from Oxford; another had travelled from California. The signing ceremony had been carefully orchestrated for media attention, with a slick website and video produced to accompany the event, and an ostentatious champagne toast to follow.
You may not have heard of the “Great Barrington declaration” but you’ll likely have seen the headlines that followed it. Journalists have written excitedly about an emerging rift in the scientific community as the consensus around the most effective response to Covid supposedly …

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