A professor at Imperial College London says there may never be a vaccine for the coronavirus and that governments will be required to respond to future pathogen outbreaks with regional or national locks.
Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Covid-19, said that no “absolute assumption” can be made “that a vaccine will appear at all”.
The professor of global health has argued that “high hopes” are “shattered” because scientists “deal with biological systems, we do not deal with mechanical systems”.
He added that movement restrictions “may apply to certain parts of a country, or even an entire country” in the event of a new outbreak.
Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy to the World Health Organization, said that no “hard assumption” could be made “that a vaccine would appear at all” (photo, Geneva, January 2017)
Professor said locks “may apply to parts of a country, or even an entire country” in future epidemic (photo, Aylesbury store selling face masks, May 1, 2020)
Dr. Nabarro’s intervention comes as the British public increasingly turns to scientists under enormous pressure to develop a vaccine to end the pandemic.
A team from the University of Oxford is already racing to test a vaccine made from a chimpanzee virus. Scientists in the United States are trying a different antidote.
Ministers noted that quarantine of the elderly will only happen if a vaccine is developed. It is estimated that it could take at least a year.
Dr. Nabarro, who warned that people could expect to wear masks in the future, told CNN:“There are certain viruses against which we still do not have a vaccine.
“We cannot make the absolute assumption that a vaccine will appear at all, or if it appears, if it will pass all efficacy and safety tests.
Dr. Nabarro of Imperial College London argued that “high hopes” are “dashed” because scientists “deal with biological systems, not mechanical systems” (photo, Geneva, May 2017)
Dr. Nabarro’s intervention comes as the British public increasingly turns to scientists under enormous pressure to develop a vaccine to end the pandemic (photo, a car passing through a coronavirus testing center at the King stadium Power of Leicester City, May 2, 2020)
“You have high hopes, then your hopes are dashed.
“We are dealing with biological systems, we are not dealing with mechanical systems. It really depends a lot on how the body reacts.
Dr. Nabarro suggested that the blockages, many of which are being gradually lifted by governments, could be implemented at any time.
“There will be epidemics from time to time,” he said. “Travel will be limited and this may apply to parts of a country, or even an entire country.”
Michael Gove said in a press briefing on coronaviruses about the government’s “whack-a-mole” policy, which is to gradually ease the lockdown.
The restrictions can be quickly reactivated in the light of future epidemics.
The UK today announced 315 new deaths from coronaviruses, bringing the total death toll to 28,446.
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Imperial College London has encouraged the government to lock in after predicting that half a million people could die if no action was taken.
It has led to the layoff of millions of workers and the closure of huge swathes of the economy – mainly in food, retail, hospitality, travel and manufacturing.
Cabinet ministers are quick to say that the interlock saved lives. So far, no concrete evidence supporting the claim has been presented.
Meanwhile, economists have estimated that the policy could cost Britain £ 2.4 billion a day. Others say the economic crisis is the most severe in the past 100 years.
Economists have estimated that the policy could cost Britain £ 2.4 billion a day (photo, a deserted street in Oxford during the sixth week of closure, May 2, 2020)
A Bank of England official recently warned that the UK economy is facing an extreme contraction, which may not have been felt for centuries.
The spiraling crisis led to the repeated intervention of Lord Sumption, one of Britain’s most eminent historians and jurists.
In an article in the Mail on Sunday, Lord Sumption called the continued confinement of the elderly “a cruel mockery of basic human values”.
He criticized “the government’s blind panic after the delivery of Professor Neil Ferguson’s statistical projections from Imperial College London.”
Bank of England official warns British economy is facing the most extreme crisis of all centuries (photo of woman walking dog on Oxford Street, May 1, 2020)
Lord Sumption also took on the “money question”. “People denounce attempts to measure the mortality of Covid-19 against the economic cost of reducing it,” he writes. “But it’s also rhetoric, and hypocritical rhetoric to that.
“Money is not just for plutocrats. You and I and The Guardian editor and bus driver # 9 and the Archbishop of Canterbury and the supermarket cashier appreciate and depend on money.
“Not just in the sense that it pays our wages or our pensions. Hundreds of thousands of businesses are bankrupt. Millions are moving from employment to universal credit. A thriving economy like the one we are throwing away is the source of our security and the foundation of our children’s future.
“We’d better not snicker. Poverty also kills. And when he doesn’t kill, he mutilates mentally, physically and socially.