Professor Mark Walport, a member of the panel of experts working with the UK government in the fight against the coronavirus (SAGE), warned this Saturday that the disease could remain active worldwide indefinitely and that several rounds of vaccinations are required to minimize your threat.
“This is not going to be like smallpox that a vaccine could eradicate. This virus, one way or another, will be with us forever,” he warned in an interview with BBC4.
“It will almost certainly be necessary to run vaccination campaigns at regular intervals,” he added.
However, the professor was “reasonably optimistic” about the possibility of a satisfactory vaccine, although the current situation will still require “more drastic” measures to be taken to prevent rebound in some cases. At least in the UK, which can satisfy the demand for it.
“Is it possible that the situation is getting out of hand? It is clear. That is why it is so important that we all work together,” he said. “Because this infection is with us. Less than one in five Britons has been infected, so 80 percent of the population is still susceptible to the coronavirus,” he added.