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‘Herd immunity’ impossible to achieve, say experts
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GEORGE TOWN: Experts are calling on government officials to refrain from using the term “herd immunity” as it is misleading under the present circumstances.

They said that with more infectious Covid-19 variants on the horizon and some people refusing to get vaccinated, herd immunity was virtually impossible to achieve.

Herd immunity occurs when a large part of a community becomes immune to a disease.

Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) infectomics cluster lead Muhamad Amir Yunus said the right term to use now would be “path to normality”.

He said there were several factors that made herd immunity impossible at this point, including the ever-changing SARS-CoV-2 virus that caused Covid-19 and an uneven vaccine rollout across the world.

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