“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” said Dr David Nabarro, the WHO special envoy on Covid-19.
“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it,” said Dr Nabarro (pix below) who is also Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General.
Speaking to British veteran journalist Andrew Neil a few days ago, Dr Nabarro described how “lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer”.
He added, “Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition”.
“We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method,” said Dr Nabarro.
Watch clip of Dr Nabarro giving his advice in the Twitter embed below.
Full video of interview marked at relevant timestamp, HERE
Dr David Nabarro is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and had received his medical degree from Oxford University. He also holds a Masters of Science in Public Health (Developing Countries) and has past experience in dealing with the emergency response to Ebola.
Andrew Neil is chairman of Press Holdings which owns conservative paper The Spectator. Neil was a news programme host with the BBC until this year when he started his own television channel.
Muhyiddin and his government are correct about PATI and poverty
Instead of lurching into lockdown after lockdown, a better targeted intervention is to protect Malaysia’s national borders from the people smugglers who are bringing health risks into the country.
Economic immigrants arriving in human-trafficking boats come here to escape from the coronavirus outbreak in their overcrowded refugee camps — the Rohingya being a case in point. A more effective control tool is if the authorities were to impose restrictions on these illegals rather than on our own citizen population.
The DAP’s virtue-signaling and showboating approach (see link below) to the issue of Covid among illegals and Rohingya is counterproductive and detrimental to B40 Malaysians as pointed out last week by Najib.
BELOW: Kesian the Bangladeshis of Cox’s Bazar (host community to the Rohingya) who are themselves being pushed to the brink of poverty from the burden of 850,000 refugees
Great Barrington Declaration
Epidemiologists are scientists who study diseases within populations of people.
Three of these experts in epidemiology from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford respectively – their CVs below – recently voiced grave concern that the “current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health”.
Dr Martin Kulldorff, Dr Sunetra Gupta and Dr Jay Bhattacharya believe that government overreach in implementing Covid control measures will lead to “greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden”.
In their joint statement called the Great Barrington Declaration (named after the venue where their declaration was co-signed by dozens of other public health experts), the three medical professors warned against “irreparable damage” that would result as a consequence, “with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed”.
The doctors highlighted a scientific consensus that “for children, Covid-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza”.
Note: Great Barrington is a town in Massachusetts, USA; Harvard University is located in Massachusetts
ABOVE: Only a few days ago, Muhyiddin had admitted that Malaysia cannot afford another lockdown
“As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine,” said the Oct 4 Great Barrington declaration which has since been endorsed by thousands more health professionals worldwide.
The signatories called for a calibrated weighing in the balance “the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity” which would “allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally”.