The pinnacle of the World Well being Group has dominated out a herd immunity response to the pandemic.
Herd immunity happens when a big portion of a group turns into resistant to a illness via vaccinations or via the mass unfold of a illness.
Some have argued that coronavirus needs to be allowed to unfold naturally within the absence of a vaccine.
However WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus stated such an strategy was “scientifically and ethically problematic”.
There have been greater than 37 million confirmed circumstances of coronavirus throughout the globe for the reason that pandemic started. Multiple million persons are identified to have died.
Whereas tons of of vaccines are at present underneath improvement, with a quantity in superior trials, none has but obtained worldwide approval.
Talking at a information convention on Monday, Dr Ghebreyesus argued that the long-term impacts of coronavirus – in addition to the energy and period any immune response – remained unknown.
“Herd immunity is achieved by defending folks from a virus, not by exposing them to it,” he stated.
“By no means within the historical past of public well being has herd immunity been used as a method for responding to an outbreak, not to mention a pandemic.”
The WHO head added that seroprevalence exams – the place the blood is examined for antibodies – instructed that simply 10% of individuals had been uncovered to coronavirus in most international locations.
“Letting Covid-19 flow into unchecked due to this fact means permitting pointless infections, struggling and demise,” he stated.