Sir Patrick Vallance said the first vaccines are being manufactured now but played down hoped of stopping the disease completely.
Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee, he said only smallpox had ever been completely eradicated. He added: “It’s unlikely we’ll have a Covid vaccine for any sort of widespread use in the community before at least spring next year.”
Vallance also warned that treating Covid-19 may become more like seasonal flu in future.
He said: “It is unlikely we will end up with a truly sterilising vaccine that completely stops infection.”
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October 20, 2020