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Johnson’s Freedom Day ‘a dangerous and unethical experiment’

Who do you think might know more about public health ? Who do you think has more knowledge about physical wellbeing? Who might have your interests first and foremost in their thoughts , to protect your mental and physical health ? People with masses of skills and experience in medicine, medical research and public health ? Would it be the Oxford classics scholar Boris Johnson or :

The above names posted an article in The Lancet. This is one of its opening statements:

On July 19, 2021—branded as Freedom Day—almost all restrictions are set to end. We believe this decision is dangerous and premature.

The Lancet

The experts have 5 main concerns with Boris Johnson’s intention to ‘let it rip’ on July 19th because not enough people have been vaccinated in the UK and the people more likely to get infected with the Covid virus and who have not had 2 or even 1 dose are the young.

  1. unmitigated transmission will disproportionately affect unvaccinated children and young people who have already suffered greatly.
  2. high rates of transmission in schools and in children will lead to significant educational disruption, a problem not addressed by abandoning isolation of exposed children (which is done on the basis of imperfect daily rapid tests).
  3. preliminary modelling data suggest the government’s strategy provides fertile ground for the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants.
  4. this strategy will have a significant impact on health services and exhausted health-care staff who have not yet recovered from previous infection waves.
  5. as deprived communities are more exposed to and more at risk from COVID-19, these policies will continue to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable and marginalised, deepening inequalities.

The letter goes on to say that the authors consider this strategy by PM Johnson on 19th of July “to be both unethical and illogical.”

They urge the UK Government to reconsider its decision, whilst although it is for England, it will have significant impact on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We believe the government is embarking on a dangerous and unethical experiment, and we call on it to pause plans to abandon mitigations on July 19, 2021.

Reporter: Fiona Grahame

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10 replies »

  1. Boris Johnson’s policy – if it can be called that – reminds me of the Mayor in ‘Jaws’ who insists on keeping the beach open, as the town will lose money if the beach is closed.
    The fact that people are likely to get killed by a shark, gets pushed aside.

    I’m not trivializing the situation we might soon be finding ourselves trying to cope with – the comparison is what came to mind.

    And my mind is finding it very, very hard to cope with what is happening in Britain today. And what is likely to happen in the near future.

    Who is the Mayor, and who are the sharks?

    But there again – people didn’t have to go to the beach. And we don’t have to ‘let rip’. Football matches or no football matches – a lot of what happens is with us – in our own hands – what decisions we make about our actions. Thought-less or thought-full? https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/02/25/are-we-living-in-a-post-responsibility-society/

      • Of course I know it’s a movie.

        Why do you take that attitude?

        That’s a rhetorical question.

  2. Johnson must be treated seriously, or rather his actions, he is a pathological liar with no concern for those other than himself and his set of equally dangerous operators. I wish for the people of England to cease endorsing anything he does or proposes. This not the 1930’s we can not afford to allow a singular fascistic government to take control at Westminster as it already obviously is.

    • Stop worrying about the English and instead concern yourself with those being duped by Sturgeon with her blatant lies and bluster.
      Sooner or later they will see her for what she is and the threat she poses to Scotland’s future.

      ( This contribution will surely be deleted because it doesn’t sing the virtues of the shambles that purports to be a creditable government )

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