Collective immunity not possible without vaccinating children, suggests expert
England would not be able to extend the restrictions on coronaviruses if he had ‘done the right thing’, an expert said.
Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the Spi-B group of behavior scientists advising ministers, rejected a suggestion by LBC radio that the scientists were “delighted” to have “won the argument” over a four-week deadline until the end of the foreclosure measures in the countryside.
He told LBC: “We were all clueless. Personally, I was clueless, neither of us want these restrictions.
“And we shouldn’t have been in that position if we had done the right thing and had proper safeguards at our borders, if we had had the right support for people to self-isolate, and so on. , I don’t ‘I don’t think we would have been in that position. “
Commenting on the support for people, he said that “sickness pay” in the UK was, with the exception of the US, “practically the worst in the world” and that “only about 50% of people got it. self-isolate “.
“It’s not just about payment, it’s about other forms of support as well,” he said.
Professor Reicher said the new Delta variant was “more transmissible in homes,” adding: “If you’re sick it’s almost impossible to isolate yourself at home if you live in more crowded homes, so we have to also look at accommodation, we need to consider other forms of support. “