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Elimination could be the optimal response strategy for covid-19 and other emerging pandemic diseases

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 22 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4907

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Re: Are We Killing the COVID Canary?

Dear Editor

I read the letter Ron Law with interest. [1] I note the words of Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty in the government advert on Sky News, saying "vaccines give clear hope for the future" [2]. This also makes no claim of effectiveness for the intervention. There is no doubt about the government’s commitment to a vaccine solution [3,4] but does it presently have scientific substance?

[1] Ron Law, 'Are We Killing the COVID Canary?' , 18 January 2021,

[2] COVID-19: Professor Chris Whitty's warning in new government advert. Sky News 2021 January 8.

[3] Prime Minister Boris Johnson closes the Global Vaccine Summit #GVS2020 YouTube 4 Jun 2020


Competing interests:, an on-line daily journal, concerns itself with the potential environmental sources for the proliferation of autism, neurological impairment, immune dysfunction and chronic disease. I receive no payment as UK Editor. I also moderate comments for the on-line journal ‘The Defender’ for which I am paid. I am also a member of the UK Medical Freedom Alliance

19 January 2021
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22