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The White House is embracing a controversial “herd immunity” strategy, according to a briefing given by senior but anonymous officials.

The strategy would allow the disease to spread freely, in the belief that most of the population will develop a degree of immunity. It advocates shielding the more vulnerable to limit loss of life.

Two administration officials, who were not authorized to give their names, gave the briefing to media organizations including Business Insider.

They cited a controversial document, the Great Barrington Declaration, which was drawn up last week by Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University.

It has been signed by scientists and health experts across the world, but has also drawn widespread criticism from public health officials.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert on the White House coronavirus task force, takes an opposite view of the virus, urging drastic action to limit its spread. 

The director of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Tuesday that a herd immunity approach was “scientifically and ethically problematic.”

The UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, attacked the Barrington declaration by name in parliament on Tuesday and said that it was based on …read more


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