Spring will be a "new dawn" for Britain and people should be able to live safely without fear of the coronavirus, says senior government adviser Jonathan Van Tam
- The deputy chief physician said a working vaccine could change daily life
- He hoped that by Easter next year people could "live fairly safely"
- Though the admission that life would change the virus is still there, he has hope
One of the main government advisors on the Covid-19 crisis said spring could be a "new dawn" for Britain and its fight against the disease.
On a glimmer of hope for the UK, Professor Jonathan Van Tam, notorious for his no-nonsense style at television press conferences, said people should be able to "live safely" by Easter 2021.
He admitted that life will be different in the future and working from home will likely become a lot more commonplace, but said he was hopeful.
Other top advisors, including Professor Chris Whitty, have also said that social distancing and self-isolation during illness may become the new normal.
Professor Van Tam said he expected the race to develop a vaccine to protect people from Covid-19 and bear fruit by the middle of next year, and if it does, normal life could resume.
But he said people still had to learn to live with the disease.
His views echo the comments of UK Vaccine Task Force Chair Kate Bingham, who said today that efforts to develop a sting could hopefully turn Covid-19 into a flu-like disease rather than the deadly disease it currently is .
Professor Van Tam (pictured), who is second only to Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, has become notorious for his no-nonsense style at press conferences on television alongside high-ranking politicians
UK is buying 90 million doses of two more CORONAVIRUS vaccines
British officials have ordered an additional 90 million doses of experimental coronavirus vaccines to aid efforts by pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.
If all of the UK's pre-ordered vaccines are successful and go into production, the country will have a huge stash of 340 million bursts – enough to give five to every person in the country.
The UK's "buy first, test later" approach may be the best chance of getting a working shock, said the chief of the Vaccine Taskforce, who admitted most Covid-19 shocks don't work.
Under the new contracts with the US-based pharmaceutical companies, officials will fund clinical trials with the bumps in the UK.
If they turn out to work, they could be released to the public as early as the middle of next year. It's not clear how much money Britain spent on the deals.
The global race for a vaccine – as the only viable way to stop the coronavirus – has received promising impetus in recent weeks, as the first test results are available.
The first one of the UK's greatest hopes clinical trial, an Oxford University sting, showed evidence that it provokes an immune response and is safe.
The news of Britain's latest deal comes after Russia announced this week that it has approved its own vaccine after trials with just three dozen people, raising scientists' concern that it is rushing into experiments with no data to keep its safety to prove.
Speaking to Lincolnshire Pride magazine in his county, Professor Van Tam said, “I hope that spring 2021 will be a new dawn for the country. Until then, we can have a fairly safe life.
“Even so, the way we live will change in the future.
& # 39; Covid-19 is not going to be eradicated anytime soon and we need to learn to live with it to a certain extent.
"Perhaps working from home will become far more common in some industries in the longer term."
Professor Van Tam said progress towards a vaccine is promising and that creating a vaccine could change the way people live and bring about some normalcy.
But he doesn't expect this to happen well into the new year.
"The future is hopeful, but anything but certain," said the deputy chief physician.
& # 39; Covid-19 is still floating around now and could return in significant numbers in winter 2020 if we don't stay vigilant and follow advice.
& # 39; A number of vaccines are currently under development.
“I'm hopeful, but not sure, that we'll have some kind of vaccine in production by the end of the year, but not in full.
“So I don't think vaccine use will produce any meaningful public health outcome until around Easter. After that, I hope that its impact will be significant. & # 39;
The UK took another big step forward today to get a vaccine against Covid-19. The government has signed contracts for an additional 90 million cans.
The UK will help US pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and Novavax develop and test their vaccines for the right to buy millions of doses.
There are now at least 340 million cans of various puffs ordered by the UK in the hopes that one of them will work – enough for five per person.
Kate Bingham, a biotech investor and Chair of the Vaccine Task Force, told Good Morning Britain today, “I'm an optimistic person … I would be confident that we will find something that will work.
“I'm not sure if this is a sterilizing vaccine, which means it will prevent all infections. However, I am pretty confident that we will find a vaccine that will reduce the severity of symptoms and reduce death so that we can actually turn this into a flu-like illness as opposed to a much more severe, potentially fatal illness. & # 39;
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