More than 100 scientists and doctors have signed a letter accusing the government of conducting a “dangerous and immoral experiment”, urging ministers to work on plans to lift all restrictions on the corona virus. Review
According to the 122 signatories, including former chief scientific adviser and president of the Independent Sage, and Dr British Council of the British Dr Chand Nagpal, any strategy that “tolerates a high level of infection” It’s immoral and irrational. ” Medical Association
Letter published in Lancet Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday that many coronavirus measures would be reduced in England from July 19.
He warned that the significant growth of the virus “will continue until millions of people become infected, and hundreds of thousands more suffer from long-term illness and disability.”
It continues: “This strategy threatens to create a generation with chronic health problems and disabilities, the personal and economic effects of which will be felt for decades to come.”
He also stressed that there is a risk of prolonged cowardice in the wider population, especially those who are vulnerable, young people and children, as well as those who have not been confronted.
Dr Nagpal said the number of cases of Covid 19 in the UK was on the rise and while the link between hospital admissions and deaths had weakened, it had not been broken.
He said the government had also affected the effects of the long code in one in 10 people and that 2 million had been ill for more than three million years. It would be irresponsible to hurt millions more.
“We know that masks are effective in preventing the spread, so it is unreasonable and dangerous for the government to stop wearing mandatory masks on July 19 in internal public arrangements, such as public transport.”
He added that the ongoing targeted measures against the virus were “biological” unless a large number of the population was fully vaccinated with both doses to control the epidemic.
Dr Dipti Gordasani, an epidemiologist and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University who co-authored the letter, said: “Instead of protecting or vaccinating children in schools, the government is trying to prevent large-scale infections in children. What is the intentional choice of veil?
“It’s immoral and unacceptable. Our youth have already endured a lot in the last year, and now the consequences of this dangerous experience are being condemned.
Oxford University professor Trisha Greenhillg described the letter as a “plea to our political leaders” to listen to scientists, claiming that the world was “turning a blind eye to the British government because it Has announced plans to abandon all necessary measures to control the spread of the virus. “
The letter also suggested that lifting restrictions would reduce the likelihood of disrupting children’s education.
It said: “Continuing transmission in the summer will create a reservoir of infection, when schools and universities reopen in the fall and the spread will accelerate.”
The letter called on the government to “review its current strategy and take immediate steps to protect the public, including children.”
It said: “We believe the government is conducting a dangerous and immoral experiment, and we urge it to suspend plans to abandon the reduction on July 19, 2021.”
“Instead, the government should delay reopening until all, including adolescents, are offered vaccinations and the amount is high, and until mitigation measures are in place, especially adequate ventilation (carbon). By investing in dioxide monitors and air filtration equipment) and spacing (such as reducing class size), are in place in schools.
“There is no scientific consensus on the government’s current plans to remove the safety mandate on July 19,” said Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet, and that the nation was “at a critical juncture in epidemics.”
He added: “This is not a government plan, as some have called it a reasonable gamble – it is a completely unnecessary and self-inflicted threat that will cause real harm to health.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “The success of the vaccine rollout is saving lives, which has severely weakened the link between cases and hospital admissions.
“We have taken a cautious approach to moving forward with the roadmap, delaying step 4 to allow millions more to be vaccinated, so everyone is at greater risk.
“After the fourth phase, our assessment balances the need to save both lives and livelihoods and we will only move forward with the completion of our four tests on July 19.”