'Great Barrington Declaration' and AIER feeling heat on both sides of the Atlantic - 2020-10-13
Great Barrington — A controversial declaration issued earlier this month at a Great Barrington-based think tank on the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an international stir, with commentators and epidemiologists condemning it and perhaps hundreds of fake signatures added to it.
The American Institute for Economic Research, a free-market think tank on Division Street, held a private forum Oct. 3 that included epidemiologists, economists and journalists. Prominently featured at the AIER forum was professor Sunetra Gupta, an epidemiologist in the Oxford University Department of Zoology.
The result was the Great Barrington Declaration, a document of more than 500 words that endorses a concept called "focused protection" — better known as "herd immunity," the virus-fighting strategy that relies on a large portion of a community becoming immune to a disease, thereby making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely.