The Imperial College London computer model predicting 500,000 deaths in the UK, spurring draconian quarantine measures by Boris Johnson's government and also our government, has been -- what is the best word? Tweaked? Adjusted?
Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson put it out there that his initial estimate of 500,000 deaths might be a titch high. Now he thinks the death toll could be something like 20,000 British people, and maybe not even that many. And about that 18 month quarantine Ferguson called for? Well, terribly sorry, old bean, that was a little off as well. Ferguson is now saying the virus will peak in two or three weeks.
No one should ever believe anything the man says again but that doesn't change the fact that it is in large part due to Ferguson's initial estimates that our world was broken.
How does such a scientific expert advising the British government make such a massive "mistake"? Was the mistake a mistake at all? Might it have anything to do with Imperial College's close relationship with the Chinese Communist Party?
From the Imperial College London website, May 14, 2018:
"Beijing leader hails growing Imperial-China collaborations"
One of China’s top officials visited Imperial College London to explore research into sustainable transport and air quality control.
Mr Cai Qi, Secretary of the CPC Municipal Committee for Beijing, visited on Monday (14 May) and saw some of the ways Imperial has become the UK’s number one academic research partner with China, and the potential for future collaborations.
Mr Cai works closely with Chen Jining, an Imperial alumnus who serves as Mayor of Beijing, as well as China’s President Xi Jinping who visited Imperial in 2015.
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