Quote of the day 22nd August 2020

'This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations.' 

 'So, a bit like flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals.' 


(Professor Sir Mark Walport, who is a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and was government chief scientific adviser from 2013 to 2017, speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning.

This was put forward as an opinion, not something he is suggesting is proved, but this is an illustration that the awareness of all of  us- not just governments or officials but everyone - of public health risks needs to be much greater on a permanent basis. This is one sense in which things should never be allowed to go back to what we regarded as "normal" before the pandemic.)

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