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Dr Jay Bhattacharya, co-author of the controversial Great Barrington Declaration which called for ‘focused protection’ instead of widespread lockdowns in dealing with coronavirus, says we’re in store for a ‘half-and-half world’ for most of this year.
The Professor of Medicine at Stanford University made the comments in relation to the probability that many of the high-income nations will have vaccinated the majority of their populations against covid-19 by August while low-income countries will be lagging behind.
Colombia’s ‘done better’
Speaking to Wrong Way’s Colombia Cast, Dr Bhattacharya, who is director of Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, said ‘Colombia has done better (in getting access to vaccines) but (for) much of South America that’s not going to be the case. I think It’s going to take much longer than August to get the vaccines out to the older populations.’
‘A lot of the world will still not be vaccinated in August. Places that are vaccinated will still want to close borders to those who aren’t vaccinated … I think there’s going to be this half-and-half world where half are still going to have lockdowns and half are not.’
When asked for his thoughts on the Great Barrington Declaration, four months on from its publication, Dr Bhattacharya maintains that ‘focused protection’ is the least-worst option for containing coronavirus.
He said that lockdown advocates ‘have not respected the most important scientific fact about this disease which is the age gradient, mortality and risk. For people who are younger, it is not particularly dangerous. The flu is more dangerous … That fact is incredibly important.’
As for Dr Anthony Fauci, the popular director of the USA’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and now also President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Bhattacharya claims Fauci’s neglect of other public health issues during the pandemic has been an ‘abdication of responsibility’.
Watch the interview in full at https://youtu.be/ZSb8VnG4nPs or download a podcast version at https://anchor.fm/brendan-corrigan/episodes/Dr-Jay-Bhattacharya-on-covid-controls–vaccine-priority–failing-our-elderly–Tony-Faucis-myopia-epuh4v.
Listen to Wrong Way’s Colombia Cast podcast here.