Experts warned that the United Kingdom (UK) and the world at large may live with coronavirus for many years to come and that a vaccine is unlikely to eliminate it for good.
Wellcome Trust director Prof Sir Jeremy Farrar told the House of Commons’ Health Committee “things will not be done by Christmas” and that humanity would be living with the virus for “decades”.
The Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson had hoped for a return to normality by Christmas as he set out plans to further ease restrictions.
The PM’s eases will include the opening of leisure centres and indoor swimming pools later this month and the prospect of mass gatherings being allowed from the autumn.
Meanwhile, experts giving evidence to the cross-party group of MPs suggested the virus would still be here beyond Christmas.
Sir Jeremy, a member of Sage, the government advisory body, said the world would be living with Covid-19 for “very many, many years to come”.
“Things will not be done by Christmas. This infection is not going away, it’s now a human endemic infection.
“Even, actually, if we have a vaccine or very good treatments, humanity will still be living with this virus for very many, many years…. decades to come.”