A human vaccine trial is currently underway in Oxford, with a vaccine promised to 30 million Britons by September if it turns out to be effective.
Now, an expert has revealed that the virus “could die naturally” before a vaccine is developed.
Professor Karol Sikora, former director of the World Health Organization (WHO) cancer control program, tweeted the allegations this weekend.
He wrote, “There is a real chance that the virus will naturally die out before a vaccine is developed.
“We see an almost similar pattern everywhere – I think we have more immunity than expected.
“We have to keep slowing the virus down, but it could clear up on its own.”
Several Twitter users responded, questioning Professor Sikora’s evidence for these allegations.
He explained, “I think it’s a workable scenario.
“No one pretends to know what’s going to happen with certainty – I believe that in an unknown situation, this is a possibility. “
However, Professor Sikora stressed the importance of maintaining social distance to reduce the spread of the virus.
He added: “We have to keep our distance and hope that the numbers will continue to improve. “
His claims come as business secretary Alok Sharma revealed plans are in place to deploy a COVID-19 vaccine to 30 million people by September if the trials are successful.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference on Sunday, he said, “To definitively defeat this disease, we must find a safe and practical vaccine.
“Last month, I announced the creation of a new vaccine working group to coordinate the efforts of government, academia and industry in the crucial mission of finding a vaccine.
“I am very proud of the speed with which our scientists and researchers have come together in their efforts to develop a vaccine that will fight the coronavirus. “