By Oisin Sweeney • 13 February 2021 • 7:47
TOP EXPERTS from the European Union (EU) have warned that the Covid-19 virus will remain long-term despite a worldwide vaccine rollout.
Senior European health officials have warned that the coronavirus will remain for the long-term and have urged countries not to lower their guard against the pandemic.
Speaking to AFP, the head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Andrea Ammon said that Covid-19 “seems very well adapted to humans” – adding that all vaccines will need to adapt over time as the virus changes, as is the case with the common flu.
Ammon said that “we should be prepared that it will remain with us” despite the rollout of vaccines underway across Europe and hopeful reports that worldwide infections have dropped 44.5% this month. The expert warned European countries not to drop their guard against the disease, as lockdown measures remain in place across the continent.
Other experts have written in the Lancet medical journal that “it could be years before the coronavirus is brought under control at a global level” due to the stockpiling of vaccine doses by wealthy countries. Their warning comes as Moderna seeks approval to add 50% more vaccine to their doses in a bid to speed up inoculation worldwide.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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