Government under pressure to promise students to go home for Christmas


PProfessor Mark Woolhouse, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Edinburgh who sits on the government advisory board, said there is “middle ground” between draconian restrictions and openness of society and the economy.“I think there is a middle ground, where you could have both,” he said. “The way you find that common ground is not just to focus on removing the virus from the general population, but to focus on the people who need protection the most.

“We know who these people are, the elderly, the frail, the vulnerable, those who have a set of comorbidities.

“They are at a much higher risk of contracting this virus and if we can protect them, that gives us leeway to relax measures elsewhere for the rest of us.

Professor Woolhouse also said the government’s current coronavirus strategy was to ‘stay away for another six months’.

“Most of the people I’ve spoken to in vaccine development think we might have a vaccine in six months, but it’s unlikely that we can roll it out on a large scale by then,” he said. he told The Andrew Marr Show. .


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