100% effective vaccine years away
ACCORDING TO A French medical expert, the possibility of a 100% effective coronavirus vaccine by 2021 is unlikely. Instead, wearing a face mask and social distancing will have to continue to be the new normal.
“A vaccine is several years in development,” said epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, who advises the French government on the coronavirus crisis. Currently there is no vaccine for neither SARS nor MERS.
“Of course, there is an unprecedented effort to develop a vaccine, but I would be very surprised if we had [a vaccine] that was effective in 2021,” he added.
“While we would probably have one that worked partially, we were very far from the end of the crisis,” he said.
Meanwhile a group of doctors are urging the government to make wearing masks compulsory in public buildings.
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Our new reality
It’s unlikely that our world will return back to normal in the near to medium term. Dr Daniel Lucey, a university professor in Georgetown University who specializes in infectious diseases agrees.
“We need to realize that this is truly an unprecedented virus for which there is no appropriate historical analogy,” he said.
“Unless it’s gone, it will continue to flare up given the opportunities humans present to the virus – not wearing masks, not social distancing – so yes this is our world reality now.”
Several US states and countries had their coronavirus cases spike after easing social distancing rules and reopening their economies. Florida for example is very badly hit with new cases, and the hot summer weather isn’t affecting the coronavirus in the same way it affects most flues. Florida had 14,000 new COVID cases on Thursday, July 16th and a record number of 156 deaths.
Australia’s second largest city Melbourne had to re-establish its shutdown after its case numbers spiked. Beijing likewise had to once again implement draconian controls after a fresh outbreak happened there after 55 consecutive days of no infections, however due to good mask compliance new infections are once again in the single digits.
Two contributing factors for these sudden outbreaks are asymptomatic and mild cases, which ultimately lead to super-spreader events according to Dr Sanjaya Senanayake, a professor specializing in infectious diseases.
Don’t hold your breath for a vaccine
While a vaccine can be considered helpful in controlling the coronavirus crisis, it should not be view as the foundation for long term measures according to infectious diseases professor Dr. David Heymann.
“We all hope that there will be a vaccine, but it should not stop what we are trying to do today – and what are we trying to do today? Are we trying to suppress the virus and minimize the number of deaths and continue to suppress it indefinitely if there isn’t a vaccine? Or are we trying to let it enter into our society in a way that we can shield the people at greatest risk and if it is destined to become endemic, let it become endemic?” he said.
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