The delta variant has wrecked any chance of herd immunity, a panel of experts including the head of the Oxford vaccine team said as they called for an end to mass testing so Britain can start to live with Covid.
Scientists said it was time to accept that there was no way of stopping the virus spreading through the entire population, and monitoring people with mild symptoms was no longer helpful.
Prof Andrew Pollard, who led the Oxford vaccine team, said it was clear that the delta variant could infect people who had been vaccinated, which made herd immunity impossible to reach even with high vaccine uptake.
There will be those who insist that this means the base idea of herd immunity was wrong. Those who insist that therefore society should always remain closed down. And an awful lot of shrieking at the sensible ones who say, well, that’s that. Just have to live – and die – with it being in the population, just like ‘flu and so on.
The people to look out for – and to biff, hard – are those who will argue for continued population controls…..