People will have to live with coronavirus for ‘evermore,’ says UK expert on govt’s advisory committee

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Health authorities are not going “to be vaccinating everybody,” Edmunds said, but high risk people such as healthcare workers could get shots first.The epidemiologist earlier warned that if Covid-19 cases continued to rise, authorities would have to “significantly” step up measures. In early October, he admitted that local measures in northern England had failed.

“We need to take much more stringent measures, not just in the north of England, we need to do it countrywide, and bring the epidemic back under control,” he said at the time.Edmunds also described the current efforts as “light touch” actions that are just “delaying the inevitable.”

The new three-tier system of local coronavirus restrictions will help enormously, Edmunds believes.

“I am not sure, however, that the measures will go far enough to stop epidemic growth. I hope so, but I doubt it.”

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