Matt Hancock is Wrong About Herd Immunity

by Dr. Sunetra Gupta
The American Institute for Economic Research

Yesterday in parliament, Matt Hancock explained to the house why, “on the substance”, the central claim of the Great Barrington Declaration was “emphatically not true”.

“Many diseases never reach herd immunity – including measles, malaria, AIDS and flu…” he said. “Herd immunity is a flawed goal – even if we could get to it, which we can’t.”

“The Great Barrington declaration is underpinned by two central claims, and both are emphatically false.”

Health secretary Matt Hancock tells the House of Commons that “herd immunity is a flawed goal without a vaccine.”@MattHancock | @HouseofCommons

— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) October 13, 2020

Let’s have a look at the diseases he mentions. Measles, if it arrives on ‘virgin soil’, can devastate a population.

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