A pandemic that should never be forgotten | Letters


Readers respond to an article by Jonathan Freedland, which suggested that the coronavirus outbreak may quickly fade from collective memory

As ever, Jonathan Freedland writes more powerfully and movingly than any other commentator (History suggests we may forget the pandemic sooner than we think, 29 January). His appeal for us to find a means of perpetuating some memory of those who died, who were bereaved, and of the heroism of those who strove to save lives, should resonate far beyond this current state of limbo.

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Why not establish a bank holiday? The final vaccinations should be administered by the autumn, so a date could be found midway between the August bank holiday and Christmas. This would surely be better than a plethora of statues or memorial plaques.
Peter Wilkes
Steyning, West Sussex

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