Herd immunity involves the vaccination of an entire population (or the majority of it). But there is no vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus. Johnson is suggesting that we all allow ourselves to be infected, so the strong develop their own immunity and the weak simply die off. That’s survival of the fittest or natural selection.
So where I state above that Johnson is displaying his ignorance, I am referring to his ignorance of his own responsibility to ensure the safety of the population, rather than ignorance of the concepts to which he is referring.
I think he knows exactly what herd immunity is – and is simply lying about it to the majority of us. He thinks we’re ignorant too.
Well, he’s going to be disappointed.
Here’s somebody who certainly isn’t ignorant:
Professor John Ashton, the former Director of Public Health, has just ripped in to the government, saying he is “embarrassed” and the government have failed. Absolutely damning. #BBCQT pic.twitter.com/4T02kqLsBe
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) March 12, 2020
This is Johnson’s ‘Churchill moment’ – his chance to rouse the nation to fight an implacable threat. And he has blown it:
"More families are going to lose loved ones before their time."
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) March 12, 2020
Johnson's Churchill moment arrives, the moment he's been born and bred for, the moment he's spent a lifetime lying and cheating and backstabbing to attain, and what do we get?
'We won't fight them on the beaches, we'll maybe just let them run their course, see what happens.'
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) March 12, 2020
Letting coronavirus run its course seems to be exactly the plan, with scientific advisor Patrick Vallance protesting that allowing 60 per cent of the population to be infected will help build “herd immunity”. He says the aim is to protect the most vulnerable people while this is going on, but I can see no exertion being made in that direction. Therefore I tend to agree with the following:
Two days ago, "taking it on the chin" was just a wacky theory. Now, it's being put into practice under the pretext of achieving "herd immunity."
Guys: herd immunity only works when the herd has been vaccinated. Otherwise, we call it "natural selection."
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) March 13, 2020
And the government’s use of different language to describe its current position has been exposed as a clear example of “Emperor’s new clothes” syndrome:
Moving from contain to delay mode by doing absolutely nothing different?
I hope you're bloody pleased if you voted Tory, because Boris Johnson has basically told us we're going to lose people & still won't lift a finger. I hope you don't get sick. #LettingUsDie #coronavirusuk
— Damo (@Cornish_Damo) March 12, 2020
The real message is clear for anybody with the wit to hear it: millions will die.
When every family in this country loses someone close.
When they realise that the deaths of their loved ones could have been prevented if the government had invested in protecting people instead of protecting capital.
When the penny finally drops.
What do you think will happen? https://t.co/g2gAEe9rpf
— CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 😷 ✋ (@0Calamity) March 12, 2020
But what’s behind this lunatic behaviour? Apparently it is an obsession with the economy, rather than health:
The British Media are defending Boris Johnson's Coronavirus response to the max.
They're going out of their way to try & argue how he's right, and every other country is wrong because he got advice from "behavioural scientists" who care about the economy, not people's health.
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) March 13, 2020
Ashton was nearly there.
The reason the Tory government's response seems so ridiculous to him is because its NOT being led by medical science.
— Steve Topple (@MrTopple) March 12, 2020
Boris Johnson's advice today is not to protect people. It's to protect the economy. If he genuinely wanted to contain or delay it then he would shut down the UK like other countries have.
The man doesn’t care about his own kids so don’t expect him to care about yours.
— Scouse Ma (@Scouse_ma) March 12, 2020
So, once again, the UK is left looking like the backward child among the nations of the world:
CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS SCALE
South Korea: best rate of testing in the world
China: builds entire hospital in a week
Denmark: Closes schools and universities
Travel ban (to states without Trump resorts)
UK: Yeah so a lot of you are gonna die. Bummer. 🤷🏽♀️
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) March 12, 2020
Last word – for now – should be this:
Don’t go on a cruise.
Take it on the chin.
Spread through the population.
Sing happy birthday.
This isn’t a response, it’s a fucking sham.
And they wonder why people are a bit anxious right now?
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) March 13, 2020
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