Two weeks ago Professor Anthony Harden, Vice-President of JCVI, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We have to be absolutely sure that these vaccines are completely safe. The MHRA [Medicines and healthcare Regulatory Products Agency] said they were safe in the trials, but of course that’s a lot different from vaccinating millions of children.
“We’ll be looking very carefully at data from states and other countries on childhood vaccines before we make any assumptions, but we’re not there yet with children,” he said.
Professor Dingwall, who sits on the Nervtag, a subcommittee of Sage, also suggested that it was “far past time to panic about infection rates and obsessively publish them.”
As daily case numbers continue to rise, reaching 26,068 on Wednesday, a record not seen since January, death and hospitalization rates are far from levels seen in previous Covid outbreaks, with the latest daily figures showing 14 deaths and 263 hospitalizations.
Professor Dingwall said: “Even hospitalization rates are increasingly misleading as better therapy reduces length of stay. The Covid is now far from being a major cause of death. “
He also suggested that those who make decisions would do well to remember that “medicine cannot ensure immortality and that it is deeply damaging for society to suggest that it can.”
“We are all going to die one day – the question is when and how,” he wrote.
And he said he was concerned about the idea of maintaining restrictions or controls in an effort to reduce the spread of any respiratory infections.
Scientists have warned Britain could face a worse flu season this year, or even an out-of-season outbreak, as lockdowns and social distancing last winter meant people have less immunity.
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