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The Great Barrington Declaration

Professor Sunetra Gupta is a British-Indian infectious disease epidemiologist and a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. She has conducted research around the transmission dynamics of various infectious diseases, including malaria, influenza and COVID-19, and has received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London and the Rosalind Franklin Award of the Royal Society.

A stern critic of a blanket lockdown approach to the pandemic, Professor Gupta is one of the three lead authors of The Great Barrington Declaration, a paper which argues that the cost of these strategies to society is too high, especially for the poorest and those most at risk of financial hardship.

Alongside Dr Martin Kulldorff, American statistician, epidemiologist and Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (who recently appeared on the Digital Freedom Platform) and Dr Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine and Economics at Stanford University, she has highlighting that the concept of Focussed Protection needs to be considered as a viable alternative to total population lockdown.

Gupta has also been a critic of the debate around the pandemic, suggesting that countries should follow the general approach taken by the infectious disease epidemiologists in Sweden, shielding the vulnerable in society while those with minimal risk go about their lives.

In these challenging times, the idea that alternative solutions to one-size-fits-all lockdowns are available has generated controversy, with The Great Barrington Declaration being subjected to often unsubstantiated criticism in the mainstream media.

Despite news that a vaccine is on the horizon, with many businesses facing permanent devastation, mental health being adversely impacted and other diseases taking their toll, join us as we discuss why Focussed Protection offers a proportionate response to the virus, why governments are cherry picking their scientific evidence and how the media continue to mischaracterise those who believe that informed debate is a prerequisite of good scientific practice.

Tune in today at 2pm UK time/9am EST to watch this exclusive interview with Professor Gupta, broadcast live on the Digital Freedom Platform.

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