Matt Hancock ‘lacks basic understanding of coronavirus’, claim top scientists

Britain's Health Secretary has been blasted for "lacking a basic understanding" of coronavirus by two top scientists.

Matt Hancock claimed herd immunity is a "flawed goal" which has caused backlash by world-leading virus experts, according to The Sun.

Experts, Dr Martin Kulldorff and Dr Jay Bhattacharya have even launched "the Great Barrington Declaration" which is promotes spreading the virus amongst young people.

The declaration has been launched as an "anti- lockdown petition."

However, after the petition surfaced, Mr Hancock slammed their work and told the House of Commons that it was "not true" herd immunity can be reached by enough Brits catching the deadly bug.

The minister also said it was "not possible" to "segregate the old and vulnerable" in a bid to to shield them from coronavirus.

The Great Barrington Declaration has so far reached 33,000 signatures by medics and scientists.

But Mr Hancock says the petition is based upon two claims that are "emphatically false."

Co-authors, Dr Kulldorff, from Harvard University and Stanford’s Dr Bhattacharya have said the minister's statements were "inaccurate."

They went on to express their shock that Mr Hancock "does not have basic understanding of the virus."

Speaking to Mail Online, they said: "Matt Hancock made inaccurate statements about herd immunity and the Great Barrington Declaration.

“After living with this terrible pandemic for eight months, it is shocking that the Health Secretary does not have a basic understanding of infectious disease epidemiology.

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“With the following clarifications, we hope he can improve his pandemic job performance.”

The duo also responded to Mr Hancock's claims about herd immunity.

They said: “Of course there is herd immunity for influenza and measles.

“Before vaccines, measles and other childhood diseases, outbreaks ended with herd immunity before everyone got sick.

“The same will happen with Covid-19. In the future, most will catch it as children, for whom it is a mild disease and less dangerous than influenza.

“The reason we see repeated annual outbreaks of influenza, despite herd immunity, is because a new form of influenza arrives every year.

“While Covid-19 reinfection can occur, it is so rare that it does not affect herd immunity.

“Even if immunity wanes over time, which is plausible, that will not happen completely nor simultaneously for everyone, so there will always be enough immunity around to avoid a repeat of this spring.”

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