→ Claims that Cummings called for ‘herd immunity’ policy
As widely reported today, there are calls for Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, to be sacked, after it was revealed in today’s Sunday Times that he advocated a policy on coronavirus that would have led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
As reported by Scram News today:
The article reveals that Cummings was an earlier proponent of “herd immunity” – the idea that we should let coronavirus pass through the population, to build up widespread resistance to the disease.
According to the report, Cummings presented his plan at a private engagement at the end of February. Those present claim the plan was effectively: “herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad.”
However, at a meeting of scientific and medical experts on 12th March, Cummings realised that he had got things badly wrong.
“He realised he had helped set a course for catastrophe,” the article reads. In particular, a report published by Imperial College suggested that the government’s “herd immunity” strategy could lead to 250,000 deaths by mid-summer.
As a result, Cummings dramatically U-turned, and became an advocate for strict measures to ensure social distancing.
And so, these revelations have stoked renewed calls for Cummings to lose his job.
▪ Link to Scram News report: scramnews.com/dominic-cummings-sacked-herd-immunity/
▪ Link to Sunday Times report (behind pay wall): thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-ten-days-that-shook-britain-and-changed-the-nation-for-ever-spz6sc9vb