‘To attain herd immunity, many people will have to die’

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‘To attain herd immunity, many people will have to die’

Scientists say attempts to reach herd immunity naturally would be dangerous and unethical

James Badcock

A major Spanish study has shown that just 5.2% of people have developed antibodies to Covid-19, far below the number needed for herd immunity.

Spanish scientists said the results, the third and final set of findings from a study of 68,000 people, showed that Spain was a “long way” from herd immunity and any attempts to reach it naturally would be dangerous and unethical.

Presenting the results, Marina Pollán, the director of Spain’s national epidemiological centre, said: “It would be very unethical to expose the population to the coronavirus in an indiscriminate way.”..

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