We must resist the powerful voices arguing for Zero Covid

By | 8th March 2021

The real Covid news gets better every day. Case numbers are falling. Hospital admissions are falling. Deaths are falling. The vaccination programme is a success beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. New, effective treatments are emerging. Spring, fresh air and sunshine are almost upon us. Why, then, is there so much talk of keeping restrictions in place for the rest of the year?

We are rapidly approaching a crunch point for Britain. Do we treat the virus as an ordinary risk of life, much as we do with the other 30 respiratory viruses that have infected humans throughout history? This is the approach we have been promised since the beginning of the crisis. Or do we try to eliminate the virus from the UK altogether – the so-called Zero Covid approach?

This is a political choice, not a scientific one…

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