So I was wondering why Devi Sridhar is so insistent in comparing the ongoing maintenance campaign against covid19 with measles instead of with flu. Here she is shit stirring again.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... perts-view
She surrendered last week in her battle for Zero covid, when it became clear that she was isolated. In the great round of horse trading that was done to draft the roadmap, even her ally Neil Ferguson, switched against Zero covd because he is smart enough to know it's impossible. The PM is on the telly right now driving more nails into the coffin of Zero covid. But Devi being Devi, with her thousands of Twitterati, she just can't let it go So she's building a last redout. Her rearguard action is to enjoin us to treat covid19 like measles not like flu.
So how do we treat the flu, well we don't stop the economy for the flu, we vaccinate the vulnerable. Perhaps that's her game. With measles we vaccinate the children en masse. The measles virus is very stable (I am told) so the vaccine doesn't change. A single jab does you for life. Measles is tremendously infectious (I am told), so nearly blanket vaccine take up is necessary to maintain herd immunity. This is the reason for the shit storm a few years back when Doctor Andrew Wakefield spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about vaccine dangers, causing vaccine takeup to fall to dangerous levels. A measles outbreak is treated very seriously, not like a flu outbreak, and measles vaccination is serious business that has to occur come hell or high water.
So that's how Devi wants us to treat Covid19. She wants near enough blanket vaccination, but since covid19 mutates quite frequently, we would need up to date booster shots periodically , like for flu, but Devi wants Covid19 vaccination uptake to be near enough universal as it is for measles, and should an outbreak occur, she wants to be able to interfere strongly, as we would with measles. So her real policy would be a sort of beefed up combination of the measles and flu campaigns.