Professor Karol Sikora, Oncologist and Chief Medical Officer of Health at Rutherford Health, said it is likely that the British public enjoys more immunity than previously thought and that Covid-19 could end up “Wear yourself out”.
“There is a good chance that the virus will naturally die out before a vaccine is developed,” he wrote on his social media profile yesterday. “We see a roughly similar pattern everywhere – I guess we have more immunity than expected. We must continue to slow the virus down, but it could clear up on its own. “
Professor Sikora’s comments come as Secretary of Business Alok Sharma announced today (Sunday) that the government will invest £ 93 million in the construction of the first center for vaccine manufacturing and innovation (VMIC) in the United Kingdom, which will open its doors in the summer of next year, 12 months ahead of schedule.
An additional £ 38 million is being invested in the creation of a rapid deployment facility in the coming weeks to ensure that any successful vaccine developed can be rapidly distributed.
VMIC, located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, will have the capacity to produce enough doses of vaccine to serve the entire British population in as little as six months, announced the government.
Sir Mark Walport, Director General for Research and Innovation in the UK, described the VMIC as “a key new weapon in the UK arsenal” which will spur the race for vaccine development by scientists from Oxford University and Imperial College London.
Sharma said we must be ready to “make a vaccine by the millions” when the breakthrough comes, and this funding will help make it happen.
VMIC CEO Dr. Matthew Duchars added, “This investment will quickly accelerate construction of the facility, which will allow us to put it online a year earlier. In addition, the capacity will be significantly increased, so that enough vaccines could be produced for everyone in the UK within a few months of opening. “
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already admitted that an effective coronavirus vaccine may never be found.
Speaking at the Downing Street briefing on Monday evening, Johnson said: “This is in no way guaranteed. I think I’m right to say that even after 18 we still don’t have a Sars vaccine.
“What I can tell you is that the UK is at the forefront of concerted international efforts to try to deliver a vaccine. “