North East UK news Jonathan Van-Tam says he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - England's deputy chief medical officer warned it will take three months before the impact of the vaccine programme starts to make a difference

North East UK news Jonathan Van-Tam says he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - England's deputy chief medical officer warned it will take three months before the impact of the vaccine programme starts to make a difference

North East UK news Jonathan Van-Tam says he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' PremierLeague-News.Com
14 January 2021 - 07:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! England's deputy chief medical officer has said he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' and warned that it will take three months before the impact of the vaccine programme starts to make a difference. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam joined in the vaccination effort at the weekend, volunteering to help at the Richard Herrod Centre in Nottingham in his free time. Speaking to The Sun, he said: "The vaccine effects are going to take three months until we see them properly, and until then no one can relax. "We are probably in the last few furlongs of this race - like in the Grand National. We just have a couple more fences, we have just got to stick with it." He said people need to "be patient" until the impact of the vaccine can be felt, and continue to follow social distancing rules, the Mirror reports. After pictures of him donning scrubs and PPE to carry out vital jabs, he said: "Thank you to all the volunteers and staff for the professional and warm welcome. "We are at the worst stage of the pandemic so far and the situation is extremely concerning but your contribution will make a positive difference." Prof Van-Tam also told LBC Radio that the current coronavirus vaccines should remain effective against mutations. Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson reveals more than half of people over 80 now vaccinated in North East and Yorkshire Read More Related Articles Eight ways lockdown could be tightened to stop coronavirus ripping through UK He added that his "hunch" is that they will not be "outwitted" by new variants for many months. The emergence of more infectious strains of Covid-19 in the UK and South Africa has raised concerns about the ability of the vaccines to continue to offer protection.

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. "Therefore, the idea that a mutation of the virus would in one go outwit the whole of the vaccine is pretty low," he said. "So if we were to see an effect, it would be a small degradation rather than going off a cliff." Asked whether, in time, an annual jab will be required against a different strain, as happens with flu, Prof Van-Tam said: "I can't say it will be every year yet, but I can say that I don't think we will ever eradicate coronavirus." Do we need tighter lockdown rules? Have your say in our survey below Giving his best estimate on how long the current vaccine will be effective against mutations, he said: "How long is a piece of string?" but added: "I would say it's going to be many months that the vaccine is going to work for, but I'm not basing that on data, I'm basing it on a hunch." Prof Van-Tam, who also helped to give vaccinations at a clinic on Tuesday, defended the decision to prioritise giving as many people as possible a first dose rather than keeping supplies back to offer booster shots. He conceded that data on the protection offered by a single dose only extends to 42 days but it is "not plausible" to think that the effects will wear off immediately after that date. The Government aims to offer booster doses after around 10 to 12 weeks, rather than around three to four weeks as originally planned. The "constrained supply situation", because of the time it takes to produce vaccine doses, means the new approach is the right one, he said. "We have all got older loved ones and if we want to protect as many as we can as quickly as possible, with a meaningful amount of protection, then the right strategy for us is to give the initial first dose and come back for the second when we have given more people the initial first dose," he said. "If you have got two grandparents and you have got two vaccines, what do you do - do you give two doses to one and leave the other one with nothing?" Asked about the evidence for the protection offered by a single dose, Prof Van-Tam said: "If you take an extremely purist answer and say, 'where do the data end?', the data end at 42 days (for the Pfizer vaccine). "But if you take an expert science viewpoint, it's just not plausible that the protective effectiveness is going to disappear after that point, and we are very confident that there will be plenty of protection on board right up until the second dose is giv

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North East UK news Jonathan Van-Tam says he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' PremierLeague-News.Com


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North East UK news Jonathan Van-Tam says he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' PremierLeague-News.Com


North East UK news Jonathan Van-Tam says he doesn't think 'we will ever eradicate coronavirus' PremierLeague-News.Com

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