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WHO Chief Decries ‘Herd Immunity’ Covid Strategy Endorsed By Key Trump Advisor

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WHO Director-General Decries herd Immunity

At a WHO press conference Monday, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said herd immunity, or the notion that a virus will stop spreading once the majority of people are immune to it, will only become practical after a Covid-19 vaccine is widely available.

Just 10% of the world’s population has been infected with the virus so far, Tedros noted, and any attempt to reach the 60% to 75% range most scientists say is required for herd immunity would lead to millions of extra Covid-19 infections, deaths and long-term complications that are still poorly understood.

Researchers also do not know how long people who recover from the coronavirus stay immune, and some former patients have been reinfected after they recover, making herd immunity an even riskier strategy, Tedros explained.

Other scientists have echoed Tedros’ concerns: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s coronavirus advisor, warned in August that herd immunity is a “bad idea” and would inevitably cause the country’s coronavirus death toll to soar.

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