The White House is “openly embracing” a controversial herd immunity strategy in a bid to end lockdowns over the objections of top scientists, Newsweek reports.
2 senior officials defended the Great Barrington Declaration, which advocates reopening society while protecting those most vulnerable to the virus.
Many infectious disease experts criticized the document (which includes dubious signatories including “Dr. Johnny Bananas” and “Dr. Person Fakename”), calling it unscientific, unethical, and "potentially deadly," The Washington Post reports:
- NIH Director Francis Collins called it “fringe” and “dangerous.” adding: “I’m sure it will be an idea that someone can wrap themselves in as a justification for skipping wearing masks or social distancing and just doing whatever they damn well please.”
- Yale School of Public Health epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves called the plan “a recipe for ‘carnage.”
- William Haseltine, a former Harvard Medical School professor, said the virus will “come back year after year and infect the very same people,” and estimates 2-6 million Americans could die each year, according to Raw Story.