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The duel: Is eliminating Covid-19 worth it?

A public health imperative, or socially and medically backwards? Our panellists debate the proposition

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Yes—Gabriel Scally

The destruction wrought by Covid so far is monumental. This virus has inflicted disease and death wherever it has been permitted to. So of course elimination is the safest UK policy.

That is how we deal successfully with other dangerous infectious diseases. Elimination is often confused with eradication, which means no cases occur anywhere in the world, so countries can drop all preventive measures. Eradication of the virus entirely is unfortunately not achievable in the foreseeable future. But we can and should aim to prevent cases within the UK from spreading.

As vaccination continues…

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