[来源:中国日报双语新闻] 2020-10-19 09:57:34
Using the principle of so-called herd immunity to stem the COVID-19 pandemic is "unethical" and "not an option" countries should pursue to defeat the virus, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, on Monday.
"Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak," the WHO chief said, calling it "scientifically and ethically problematic".
According to WHO estimates, less than 10% of the global population has any immunity to the coronavirus, leaving the "vast majority" of the world susceptible.
"Letting the virus circulate unchecked, therefore, means allowing unnecessary infections, suffering and death,” Tedros said.
"We understand the frustration that many people, communities and governments are feeling as the pandemic drags on, and as cases rise again.”
However, there are "no shortcuts, and no silver bullets," he added.