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Prominent economists have stopped campaigning for “safe zones” for Covid vulnerabilities

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Three of the nine prominent scholars and economists who launched a controversial campaign to guide the Netherlands on the road to recovery last week have now evacuated the organization.

Herstel NL (literally recovering NL) has announced plans to mitigate coronavirus protection by instead “protecting” people in vulnerable health. Shops, cafes, restaurants, schools and theaters can be reopened, especially if those who are susceptible to the coronavirus stay in a special “safe zone” where the coronavirus rules are very strict.

Coen Teulings, a former head of the government’s CPB economic policy think tank, and Barbara Baarsma, a professor and director of economics at Rabobank Nederland, announced a decision to resign on the same LinkedIn post on Monday night.

Both have played a high-profile role in last week’s launch, and so far both have refused to reveal the reason for their departure.

Economist Bass Jacobs said the third person to resign was uncomfortable with the hot campaign.

The Herstel-NL campaign has raised € 100,000 through crowdfunding for a promotional campaign that supports the strategy previously used to purchase billboards and advertising space across the country.

Robin Fransman, founder and chairman of Herstel-NL, said Tuesday that the organization was under pressure from “politicians in The Hague” to cancel the campaign until after the general election. In addition, he said some members decided to resign after receiving a lot of criticism.

The event showed that the campaign hit a “sensitive nerve,” Franzman said. Nevertheless, he said the campaign would continue. “We are not afraid of public debate.”

The Herstel-NL campaign was shredded on a satirical television show where Zondag met Lubach this weekend.

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Prominent economists have stopped campaigning for “safe zones” for Covid vulnerabilities

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