China's top coronavirus expert says 'herd immunity' WILL NOT curb the pandemic because the disease is too infectious and lethal
China's top coronavirus expert has warned that 'herd immunity' will not contain the global outbreak because the disease is too infectious and lethal.
The Chinese senior medical adviser rebuked Britain's approach to allow citizens to catch the virus to build up a national tolerance strong enough to stop the disease circulating.
'Herd immunity won't solve the problem,' Dr Zhong Nanshan said in a press conference today.
'We don't have the evidence to prove that if you are infected once, you would be immune for life.'
'Our next step is to develop effective vaccines, which requires global cooperation,' he added.
The killer virus has claimed at least 104 lives and infected over 2,600 people in the UK.
This comes after China launched its first clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday and the researchers said they were prepared for large-scale production.
The leading medical advisor said last week that the current pattern of the outbreaks outside of China was similar to the trajectory of the outbreak in Wuhan in its early days.
He urged nations around the world to step up their efforts to control and prevent the virus in order to defeat the pandemic.
Boris Johnson and his team of scientific advisers revealed last Thursday that the aim of the Government's approach is to slow the progress of the virus as it sweeps through the population, rather than following other countries in immediately shutting schools or banning public gatherings.
But chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said around 60 per cent of the population - 40 million people - will need to catch the virus to build up a national tolerance strong enough to stop the virus circulating.
The Netherlands also announced on Monday that the country would adopt the immunity approach and allow its citizens to contract the virus at a controlled pace.
The World Health Organisation has slammed the approach to allow UK citizens to develop 'herd immunity' against the potentially deadly infection.
Dr Margaret Harris from WHO slammed the UK's decision to aim for mass immunity, saying that not enough is known about the virus to allow millions to become infected.
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'We don't know enough about the science of this virus, it hasn't been in our population for long enough for us to know what it does in immunological terms.
'Every virus functions differently in your body and stimulates a different immunological profile.
'We can talk theories, but at the moment we are really facing a situation where we have got to look at action.'
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celtic warrior, cork, Ireland, a day ago
I'd be inclined to believe him as China has the most experience of the crisis at present, not flip flop Boris.
Mzungu, Sodden-on-the-Water, United Kingdom, a day ago
This is one occasion when the UK go nment needs to be listening to China because they now have this under control, and remember there are 1.3 billion of them.
libralady50, England, United Kingdom, a day ago
Tell that to the smug ridiculous adviser to johnson who was on the c4 special coronavirusmprogramme
celtic warrior, cork, Ireland, a day ago
Herd immunity has done nothing in Italy except accelerate the death rate. Take note Boris.
null, a day ago
Of course China knows "Herd Immunity" is not going to work. I wonder how they know though.
Dwta25, berkshire, United Kingdom, a day ago
Why? what does China know that we don't
Vic meldew, Ingatestone, United Kingdom, a day ago
Told you so. China would miraculously come up with a vaccine. They should make it and issue it for free.
Andrew, Kumasi, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Reading the article carefully it says that the Netherlands adopted the same approach but I don't see anybody calling them idiots and numptys!
Alec, Leicester, 1 day ago
It is not possible to lock down a country until there is a vaccine which could be years away to inject everyone, and herd immunity is the only way
Disillusioned human , the pale blue dot, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Anyone else feeling really sad, scared and overwhelmed by all of this? I really hope you and your loved ones will be ok
MsGrumpy, Boondocks, North Korea, 1 day ago
I vote that those who advocate herd immunity should first infect themselves with this virus.
Darth n Vader, Massachusetts, United States, 1 day ago
Since when do we listen to Co-ist go nment doctors?
AliDon, Belfast, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Ultimately it will, but there is a long long road to getting there. Even in Wuhan only 1% of the population have immunity right now, we need either a vaccine given to many people, or a lot more rounds of death and panic to get tor the 60-95% number we will need .
jghgkjgk, somewhere, Macao, 1 day ago
Full immunity for life is not needed. Unless the virus develops into an entirely new one (the chance of which are the same as a brand new virus appearing), there is always some residual immunity in the population. That's why even before the vaccine, each person only got the flu on average every 4 to 5 years, and most survived it just fine even when they caught it. The Spanish flu was so deadly (far more than this coronavirus, in fact) because it was so different from all previous flu viruses in circulation. This virus will become part of the general cold viruses pool and we'll never hear the word "coronavirus" again.
wulf stan, England, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Well that means it's not safe to send 1.4 billion people back to work.
UKadmirer, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Build a herd resistance to cheap Chinese products. It will boost manufacturing worldwide. 1st product to boycott - Apple iPhone.
Governator, Rochester, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
And we can really believe what the Chinese say....
zander_m88, skagcity, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Isnt china getting better though ?
IIDONTCAREANYMORE, Brockport NY, United States, 1 day ago
Yes today said that only a couple of deaths and no more new cases today, so it's getting better I think. They all wear masks over there and that's definitely helped. I always wear my mask and my husband does too.
quailing, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Given their past lack of action should we believe anything that comes out of China
Bigrigs, Wraysbury, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
The world is far too over populated and at the point where it's being unable to sustain itself. Man can't find a way to reduce the population so the planet will find a way. Yes this is going to be very sad and people will die but this does need to happen.
Laoislad, Laois, Ireland, 2 days ago
Agreed but nobody wants it to be themselves or their loved ones.