William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, said he is " extremely concerned that the President is being advised by people who speak of herd immunity."
“Herd immunity is another word for mass murder. That is exactly what it is," Haseltine said on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday.
Haseltine went on to say that if the virus is allowed to spread, as the Trump Administration is allegedly advocating, “we are looking at two to six million Americans dead – not just this year but every year.”
“This is an unmitigated disaster for our country – to have people at the highest levels of our government countermanding our best public health officials,” Haseltine said. “We know this epidemic can be put under control. Other countries have done it. We are doing the opposite.”
Some background: A study recently published in The Lancet has shown that less than 10% of the US population has been exposed to Covid-19. In order to essentially create a herd of protection around other people, 60% to 70% of the population would have to become infected, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said later on New Day.
"We know that with around 10% of the country that's become infected, 216,000 people have died, roughly. So, just do the math there," he said.