Fauci Calls Herd Immunity 'Nonsense and Very Dangerous'

Edward Kim  |

Video source: Yahoo News YouTube channel

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is blasting a declaration by three scientists that supports the concept of “herd immunity,” a concept that the White House is using to bolster a push to reopen schools and businesses.

Fauci said herd immunity — the idea that a disease will stop spreading once nearly everybody has contracted it — is “nonsense and very dangerous” in an interview with Yahoo News.

The idea is being pushed by three scientists in a document called "The Great Barrington Declaration," which calls for only protecting those who are “vulnerable” while allowing an uncontrolled outbreak among everyone else, letting them all get infected with COVID-19.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this week, “Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic. It is scientifically and ethically problematic.”

A group of 80 scientists denounced herd immunity as a "dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence" in an article published in The Lancet on Thursday.

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