More than 100 scientists and doctors have signed a letter to The Lancet accusing the Government of conducting a “dangerous and unethical experiment” and urging it to reconsider its plans to abandon all coronavirus restrictions.
The letter, signed by the chairman of the British Medical Association, the chairman of Independent Sage and scientists from Oxford University and University College London, says the decision to release restrictions is “premature”.
The “Memorandum Against Mass Infection,” signed by 122 medics and scientists says any strategy that tolerates high levels of infection is both “unethical and illogical”.
The group, backed by Dr Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, will hold an emergency summit on Thursday.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA Council, said: “The numbers of Covid-19 cases in the UK are soaring. Whilst the link between hospitalisations and deaths has weakened, it has not been broken.
‘Irresponsible to inflict further suffering’
"There are twice as many people with Covid-19 in hospital beds and on ventilators than this time last month.
"The Government has also airbrushed the impact of long Covid on one in 10 people getting infected and with two million having been unwell for more than three months.
"It would be irresponsible to inflict further suffering on millions more."
Dr Horton said: “Contrary to the statements of government scientists, there is no scientific consensus over the Government’s current plans to remove protective mandates on July 19. Instead, there is deep disagreement.
“Many scientists are sincerely concerned that with sub-optimal double-vaccination numbers and rapidly rising transmission rates, we are at a very dangerous moment in the pandemic."