A leading Covid-19 expert is “irate” after a World Health Organisation (WHO) official asked world leaders to stop using lockdowns as a primary method of controlling the pandemic.
WHO’s special envoy on Covid-19, Dr David Nabarro, told British magazine The Spectator that lockdowns should only be used to buy authorities time to set up systems that allow society to live with the virus.
But his comments are “inappropriate” and don’t apply to New Zealand and other Pacific countries where lockdowns have worked, according to epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker, who advises the New Zealand Government on Covid-19.
“David Nabarro is one of their most senior advisors and is quite fond of pronouncing some things,” he said.
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