People walk near the Christmas shop during stricter restrictions due to the coronavirus disease outbreak in Sheffield, Britain, on Wednesday. Reuters
The coronavirus will be around for "evermore" as it is unlikely it will be eradicated, a British scientist on the government's advisory committee for the pandemic said on Wednesday, although a vaccine would help improve the situation.
Britain, like other countries in Europe, is currently in the grip of a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, with much of the country under local restrictions and more than 21,000 daily cases reported on Tuesday.
"We are going to have to live with this virus for evermore. There is very little chance that it's going to become eradicated," John Edmunds, a member of Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), told lawmakers.
Although the coronavirus will be around indefinitely, Edmunds said that the prospect of a vaccine towards the end of the winter should impact the government's strategy now.
"If vaccines are just around the corner then, in my view, we should try and keep the incidence as low as we can now, because we will be able to use vaccines in the not too distant future," he said.
He said the UK had played a "clever game" in investing in different coronavirus vaccines.
Britain has signed supply deals for six different COVID-19 vaccines, with 340 million doses secured across different types of technologies.
"I think we will be in a reasonable position in months," he said.
"I don't think we're going to be vaccinating everybody but to start, maybe the highest risk people, healthcare workers and so on."
The discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus in the UK raises alarm bells. It demolishes any hope of seeing an end to the pandemic, and that too right soon. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
A year into the pandemic, infection rates are falling. Hospitals are quieter; morgues are emptier. Emboldened by vaccines, we’re dropping our masks and stepping closer. Slowly we’re reopening indoor dining, theaters, museums and schools.
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