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COVID-19:Life won’t return to normal for at least two years, expert warns

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Life globally will not return to normal for two or three years based on the rate of the current vaccination rollout, it has been warned - but there are early signs jabs are reducing cases in the UK.

Speaking to Sky News, Dr Clare Wenham, assistant professor of global health policy at London School of Economics, said the COVID-19 pandemic will not be over until the world's population is protected.

"At the moment, the data is showing it's going to be 2023/24 before the global vaccines are distributed to everybody," she said.

"That's a long time. And distributing some now might be able to get us back to normal life sooner."

Even once the UK population had been vaccinated, restrictions such as border controls would continue to exist because of the threat posed by resistant coronavirus variants being brought in from outside, she said.
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"This pandemic isn't going to be over until it's over globally," Dr Wenham said.

"We're still going to be living in some form of restrictions - travel restrictions, border controls - even when we're vaccinated, until it's over round the world. So there's a real imperative to make sure that everybody round the world has at least minimum levels of vaccines at the same time."

It came as the World Health Organisation urged the UK to pause its vaccination programme once vulnerable groups have received their jabs to help ensure the global rollout is fair.

Britain currently has one of the highest levels of vaccine coverage but many poorer countries are yet to start any immunisations.

WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has repeatedly called for equitable distribution of jabs and warned that a "me first" approach would prolong the pandemic, as well as human and economic suffering.

Ministers recently pointed out the UK had committed £548m to the WHO's Covax programme to support access to Covid-19 vaccines for up to 92 developing countries.

However, the EU has sparked controversy and a diplomatic row after imposing vaccine controls in a dispute over supply shortages.

Dr Wenham told Sky News: "If we want to return to global systems of trade and travel we need to make sure that the vulnerable globally are vaccinated."

As well as the moral argument, she said: "From an economic standpoint, to be able to relieve border controls and go back to some form of normalcy we need to make sure people around the world are vaccinated - so we don't see these new variants created, so we are not risking bringing something new into the country which we might not have vaccine protection against."

  Comments - 10

  • Lol Sunday, 31 January 2021 10:30 AM

    DR. CLARE YOUR ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BUT OUR SRILANKAN HAVING SHIT ON THEY BRAIN NO THINKING POWER AT ALL. DUE TO THEY NO RESPECT OWN RELIGION. AND ALSO WITH OUT NO EXPERIENCE ON OWN RELIGION BUT THEY WILL DIGGING OTHERS RELIGION ONLY.

    Lanka Sunday, 31 January 2021 10:50 AM

    The biggest virus is greed! So nothings gone change even in 2024!

    Selvakumar Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:17 AM

    Why???

    Selvakumar Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:39 AM

    it's will be running with normally, but it's have something effect !!!!

    Kumaran, Wattala Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:48 AM

    Now the govt knows this panademic situation will continue for another two to three years. Let the govt be prepared and make necessary arrangements and issue necessary guidelines for the ordinary people and the health authorities. Otherwise we will be in a situation as now, where there are no hospitals and beds for the Covid patients.

    ANTON Sunday, 31 January 2021 12:32 PM

    DHAMMIKA PANIYA MIGHT ASK "OBATA SATHUTUYDHA DAN"

    Selvakumar Sunday, 31 January 2021 12:45 PM

    Only the vaccines can be remove from corona virus, but it's how long time will be take remove the virus question ???

    Joshua Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:26 PM

    Vaccines can only reduce the chance of contracting covid. So what he says is true even after all are unvaccinated

    Selvakumar Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:37 PM

    It's feedback can't be go bad way !!!

    Selvakumar Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:37 PM

    It's feedback can't be go bad way !!!


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