The World Health Organization chief warns against suggestions by some to just allow COVID-19 to spread in the hope of achieving so-called herd immunity, saying this is “unethical.”
“Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells a virtual press briefing.
“It is scientifically and ethically problematic,” he says. “Allowing a dangerous virus that we don’t fully understand to run free is simply unethical. It’s not an option.”