This is simply the usual case, endemic in CoVID19, of politicians doing something (anything) to be seen to be doing something to cover their incompetence (election rallies and kumba mela is actually criminal in the face of an increasingly infectious virus).
However we, as scientists, share a responsibility as those WITH knowledge do not speak out loudly (eg Fauci with Trump) and also speak about scientific areas we know little about (epidemiologists speaking about virology or immunology!!)
HIFA profile: Camilo Colaco is a CSO at Immuno Biology Ltd in the UK. Professional interests: Vaccine R&D and manufacture, Immunobiology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Dendritic cells, Nutrition, Microbiome, Ayurveda. camilo.colaco AT immunobiology.co.uk