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Following the herd: Vallance is the most senior government figure to have openly discussed the now-notorious concept of “herd immunity” back in those heady pre-lockdown days of mid-March. At the March 12 presser, he said of the virus: “Our aim is not to stop everyone getting it, you can’t do that. And it’s not desirable, because you want to get some immunity in the population. We need to have immunity to protect ourselves from this in the future.” He fleshed this idea out on BBC Radio 4 the following morning, stating: “Our aim is to try and reduce the peak, broaden the peak, not to suppress it completely. Also, because the vast majority of people get a mild illness, to build up some degree of herd immunity as well, so that more people are immune to this disease.”

Reminder: The government now claims herd immunity was never its aim.

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