Herd immunity "unethical"| 世卫称群体免疫"不道德"

[来源:中国日报双语新闻] 2020-10-19 09:57:34

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization's director-general. [Photo/Agencies] 


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.

世界卫生组织总干事谭德塞10月12日称,用所谓的"群体免疫"原则来阻止新冠肺炎疫情是"不道德的",不应该成为各国抗击病毒的"一个选项"。

"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". 

谭德塞称:"公共卫生史上从未用群体免疫作为一种策略来应对疫情暴发。" 他表示这种做法"在科学上和道德上都是有问题的"。

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. 

据世界卫生组织估计,目前全球不到10%的人口对新冠病毒有免疫力,这意味着世界上"绝大多数人"都是易感人群。

"Letting the virus circulate unchecked, therefore, means allowing unnecessary infections, suffering and death,” Tedros said.

谭德塞称:"因此,让病毒不受限制地传播,意味着不必要的感染、痛苦和死亡。"

"We understand the frustration that many people, communities and governments are feeling as the pandemic drags on, and as cases rise again.” 

谭德塞说:"随着病例数量再次增多,疫情看不到尽头,我们非常理解许多人、社区和政府感受到的绝望情绪。"

However, there are "no shortcuts, and no silver bullets," he added.

他补充道,但是抗击疫情没有"捷径和绝招"。

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