Novel coronavirus (136) Coronavirus predictions - 80% of population? (4) UK 'herd immunity' debacle

16 March, 2020

Another nice article about the British Government mishap. [*see note below]

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): 'The U.K.’s Coronavirus ‘Herd Immunity’ Debacle. The country is not aiming for 60 percent of the populace to get COVID-19, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so based on how badly the actual plan has been explained...' Herd immunity is typically generated through vaccination, and while it could arise through widespread infection, “you don’t rely on the very deadly infectious agent to create an immune population,” says Akiko Iwasaki, a virologist at the Yale School of Medicine... Since Najeeb wrote this, the UK Government has adviced all UK citizens 'to avoid non-essential social contact' while - in contrast with other European countries - allowing social venues such as bars and restaurants to remain open. The policy is at best confusing, and at worst totally confused.]