There is little chance that a coronavirus vaccine will be 100% effective by 2021, a French expert warned Sunday, urging people to take social distancing measures more seriously.
“A vaccine has been in development for several years,” epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, a member of the team of scientists advising the government on the crisis, told BFMTV television.
“Of course, there is an unprecedented effort to develop a vaccine, but I would be very surprised if we had what was effective in 2021,” he added.
Although we would probably have one that worked partially, we were far from the end of the crisis, he said.
However, “we have to live with this virus,” he said. And since another lockout was out of the question, people had to return to “more serious habits.”
“This summer, at least respect the physical distance! He said, stressing that large rallies were the main threat.
On Saturday, a DJ set on a beach in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Nice brought together thousands of people, triggering a furious reaction on social networks.
Also on Saturday, a group of reputable doctors called on the government to make it mandatory to wear masks inside public buildings to ward off a second wave of coronavirus.
Fontanet said the main risks of new virus clusters are in confined spaces, such as on cruise ships, warships, gyms, nightclubs, slaughterhouses, workers’ housing migrants and places of worship.
The French government said on Wednesday that it was preparing for a second wave of COVID-19, but rather than imposing another national foreclosure, it would use “targeted” measures such as house arrest orders or closures of companies.
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