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Dominic Cummings is right: herd immunity was always the government’s Plan A

The argument about the UK’s initial pandemic strategy will test the integrity of its scientific advisers

By Philip Ball  

Dominic Cummings arrives for his much-hyped committee appearance. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

I’d not have put Dominic Cummings down as a masterful explainer, given his endlessly meandering blogs. And in his account to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday, even he admitted that he is an unreliable witness. But his testimony should have made it very plain why he was absolutely correct to have tweeted in advance, regarding the government’s initial pandemic response plan, that “Herd immunity wasn’t ‘a secret strategy’, it was THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC EXPLAINED ON TV/RADIO STRATEGY!”

What’s troubling is that there was ever any confusion about this. Sure, Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC’s Andrew…

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