Yesterday I spoke in the House of Commons debate on covid calling on the Government to move towards more targeted measures to tackle covid risks. This follows my article on Monday in which I highlighted the risks of relying on restrictions alone while waiting for a vaccine. While we all hope this will be achieved there is no guarantee a vaccine can be developed, or how effective it will be. So we must prepare a Plan B and create an exit strategy from the current cycle of lockdown.
Restrictions are required to control the rate of infection and protect our NHS. But they are not a cure. In my speech yesterday I called on the Government to explore new options based on risk levels and individual choice. There is no easy solution to the challenges we face from covid. But we must have a Plan B on how to exit the cycle of lockdowns, to prevent the treatment causing more harm than the disease.
My full speech is available here.