Covid-19: Exposing people to virus for herd immunity is unethical, says WHO chief Tedros

The idea of fighting a rapidly spreading pandemic like Covid-19 by developing herd immunity among populations is “unethical” and cannot be justified scientifically, World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

The WHO chief argued that herd immunity can’t be a justifiable strategy to respond to an outbreak, let alone the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elaborating on this, he said there has been some discussion on the concept of reaching “so-called herd immunity” by letting the virus spread among people.

He said instead of thinking of herd immunity, “We must prevent amplifying events, protect the vulnerable, empower and educate communities and find, isolate, test and treat (patients.”


Covid-19: Exposing people to virus for herd immunity is unethical, says WHO chief Tedros