Coronavirus may never fully disappear even with a vaccine, says Patrick Vallance

It is “unlikely” that a coronavirus vaccine will be able to completely stop the spread of infection, the government’s chief scientific advisor has warned, adding that the disease may well become endemic in the global population – much like influenza.

Sir Patrick Vallance told a select committee on national security that the UK government would likely need to manage Covid-19 on a year-by-year basis in the same way as flu.

He insisted that the strategy of attempting to eradicate the disease, which has been adopted in countries such as New Zealand and Australia, was “not right because it’ll come back”.

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