WHO chief: collective immunity cannot be a strategy in the fight against COVID-19

Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus said that people should be protected from the virus but not expose it to.

The head of the World Health Organization expressed opposition to the idea of achieving collective immunity as a realistic strategy to end the pandemic, calling such proposals “simply unethical.”
At the press briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus said that the health authorities are usually trying to achieve herd immunity by vaccination.

“Collective immunity is achieved through protecting people from the virus, not through exposure to it,” he said.

Some researchers have argued that if we allow the spread of COVID-19 among population groups that are not clearly vulnerable will help achieve collective immunity and is a more realistic way to stop the pandemic instead of quarantine measures that cause devastating damage to the economy.

“Never in the history of public health has collective immunity been used as an outbreak response strategy,” Tedros said.