“If safe and effective vaccines and life-saving preventative and therapeutic medications are not found, lengthy lockdowns prove impossible, and the pandemic does not disappear spontaneously, population immunity is the only, long-term solution.
“I am not advocating that we dispense with all control measures, we still need to wash our hands, keep our distance and do everything we are being advised to.
“The bottom line is that older people have got a lot to gain from lockdowns and a lot to lose from the infection. Young people have a lot to lose from lockdowns and not much to lose from the infection.”
Raj Bhopal, emeritus professor of public health at Edinburgh University.