WHO chief: Letting virus ‘run free’ with aim of reaching herd immunity is ‘unethical’

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.”


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