To achieve “zero covid” we need to include the controlled, careful acquisition of population (herd) immunity

  title={To achieve “zero covid” we need to include the controlled, careful acquisition of population (herd) immunity},
  author={Raj S Bhopal},
  • R. Bhopal
  • Published 9 September 2020
  • Medicine
  • BMJ
Torjesen asks whether the UK should aim for zero covid.1 Of course it should, but how? My suggested strategy includes herd immunity, which I rename population immunity given the antipathy to the word herd, evoking animals.2 On 7 April 2020 Martin McKee wrote to the covid-19 global researchers email group “seeking sensible thoughts about coming out of lockdown.” I responded with an eight point plan, the last point being that in the absence of a vaccine … 
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