When an advisory panel meets or decides this Friday on new relaxations in Belgium, British experts warn their government ministers. The reason? We must be prepared for the arrival of a new variant of Govit-19, just like a new epidemic.
According to the SAGE, a team of scientists advising the British government on finding such a mutation is a “realistic possibility”. An emergency plan is necessary because current vaccines may not work against this new strain.
“Same situation we experienced a year ago”
Graham Medley, professor of infectious diseases and a member of SAGE, talks about this in The Guardian and notes that “one step back in a certain way”: “The advantage is that we know that vaccines can be developed against this virus. Quickly …
Mark Baguelin, of Imperial College London, insists on developing a new vaccine. “It will take several months and we will have to re-impose restrictions if there is a high risk to public health,” the British scientist said.
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