WHO says ‘learn to live with coronavirus’ as a vaccine could be YEARS away
Dr Margaret Harris of the World Health Organisation (WHO) argued governments needed to rein in their coronavirus vaccination expectations. While speaking to BBC 5 Live Breakfast, Dr Harris insisted it was very difficult to develop vaccines for coronaviruses. She said despite both SARS and MURS being known about for years there is still no vaccine for these coronavirus diseases.
Dr Harris said: “It would be wise to manage coronavirus vaccine expectations.
“Indeed there is tremendous work going on and there are over 100 vaccine candidates.
“But coronaviruses are notoriously difficult to develop a vaccine too.
Dr Harris admitted that the world does not currently have vaccines for two epidemic-causing coronaviruses.
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She continued: “We have had two big coronavirus pathogens, SARS AND MURS, which we don’t have vaccines for.
“So yes, we will have it much more quickly than any other vaccine before, if we do get a vaccine.
“But it is right to manage vaccine expectations.
“We have to learn how to live with the virus and not just wait for a vaccine.
Dr Harris also noted the UK had some advantages over other countries as it proceeded out of lockdown.
She explained the UK Government beginning lockdown after other nations meant it had the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and copy their successes.
She said: “Lockdowns are something nobody’s ever done in human history so we’re all really learning.
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“This is a really difficult thing and something none of us have expertise in.
“The advantage countries like the UK have are that other countries started doing it a little earlier.”
Dr Harris continued: “So you’ve got a few ships further along in the unknown water waves.
“You can, at least, watch very carefully what happens there as well, to understand what kind of obstacles might be relevant for your society.”
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