In Monday’s phone call, White House officials cited the Great Barrington Declaration, which argues that the government should push for herd immunity with more infections among healthy populations, according to two senior administration officials.
Proponents of the declaration use it to argue against lockdowns and more reopening during the epidemic.
The announcement stated, “Current lockdown policies are causing devastating effects on short and long term public health.”
“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of accessing herd immunity allows those who normally live their lives to become immune to the virus through natural infections to minimize death. Low risk, while protecting them better. Highest risk. “
The declaration has been signed by 445,902 concerned citizens, 9,510 medical and public health scientists and 25,049 medical practitioners, According to your website. but Got sky news Last week that dozens of fake names signed the document, including Drs. Ip Freely, dr. Persson Facdam and Drs. Johnny Bananas are included.
Another signer called himself Dr., a general practitioner in the United Kingdom. Said Harold Shipman. In 1998, a man named Harold Shipman was arrested after killing more than 200 of his patients.
The declaration was signed by at least 18 self-proclaimed homeopaths who signed on as medical practitioners and 100 therapists, including massage therapists, hypnotherapists and psychiatrists.
Several health experts expressed concern that the announcement was misrepresenting the size of the medical community’s support for the herd immunity approach according to Sky News.
Experts estimate that 85 to 90 percent of the US population has not developed coronavirus virus to fight the virus, countering the argument that the US has reached or is close to reaching herd immunity, according to the Times.
In the past, herd immunity has been achieved with a vaccine, but the Great Barrington Declaration advocates using the infection in young, healthy people, rather than the elderly or vulnerable, to access immunity.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Great Barrington Manifesto was created after a meeting organized by the American Institute of Economic Research and led by Professor Martin Kuldolf, Professor J. Bhattacharya, and Professor Sunita Gupta.
Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, told Sky News that the creators of the announcement “do not have the resources to audit each signature.”
“It is unfortunate that some people have misused our trust by adding wrong names, but I think it is unavoidable.”
“Nevertheless – given the amount of correspondence I have received from medical and public health professionals, as well as scientists and epidemiologists, it is clear that a very large number of experts resonate with the message of the announcement and its call for a focused policy Are., “He added.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adholm Ghebayeus called for herd immunity approaches on Monday “Just immoral,” The saying “is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing it.”