Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor, has denied allegations made in the Sunday Times that he suggested “herd immunity, protect the economy, and if that means some pensioners die, too bad.” Downing Street said that although herd immunity had been used in scientific analysis, it had never been the policy of the Government.
The comments by Cummings were alleged to have been made at a private event held in February and that the paper suggested that it became Government policy until scientific analysis made that position untenable.
A spokesperson for Cummings said in a statement:
“This is a highly defamatory fabrication which was not put to No 10 by the Sunday Times before publication. The article also includes a series of apparent quotes from meetings which are invented.”