The letter was initially signed by 122 scientists, to which another 1,400 have been added. After the crowded Euro 2020 final at Wembley, the UK will welcome a total of 350,000 spectators for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Silverstone, between race and days of testing
London – UK government plan to loosen anti-Covid restrictions in England starting next week has no scientific basis, it counts on achieving herd immunity through mass contagion and represents a “danger to the world”.
This is the alarm raised by an international group of scientists – including some government consultants that include the Italian and Australian ones – that condemns Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “reckless” plan to go ahead with the so-called “Freedom Day” in England on 19 July, when most of the measures to contain the infection will be revoked, despite the rise in cases and hospitalizations linked to the rapid spread of the variant Delta.
After a virtual emergency meeting on the British plane, international scientists used harsh words against Johnson. “I believe that the strategy of mass immunity is in fact murderous”, denounced the American scientist William Haseltine. speaking of “disastrous” politics. London denies pursuing herd immunity, letting the Delta variant run, but admitted that daily infections could triple to 100,000 in the coming weeks, adding pressure to the health system.
“We shouldn’t underestimate the fact that we could get in trouble again, very quickly,” UK government chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned yesterday. The videoconference of international experts was organized by the authors of a protest letter published by the medical journal The Lancet last week, he called the British decision to go ahead with the reopenings “illogical and premature” and asked the British Prime Minister to delay the easing of restrictions.
The letter was initially signed by 122 scientists, to which others have been added 1,400. After the crowded Euro 2020 final at Wembley, the UK will welcome a total of 350,000 spectators for the Silverstone Formula 1 Grand Prix, between the race and the days of testing.