Full coro­n­avirus vac­cine un­likely by 2021 — ex­pert

Published July 13, 2020, 6:36 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

PARIS, France – There is lit­tle chance of a 100 per­cent ef­fec­tive coro­n­avirus vac­cine by 2021, a French ex­pert warned Sun­day, urg­ing peo­ple to take so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures more se­ri­ously.

”A vac­cine is sev­eral years in devel­op­ment,” said epi­demi­ol­o­gist Ar­naud Fon­tanet, a mem­ber of the team of sci­en­tists ad­vis­ing the gov­ern­ment on the cri­sis, speak­ing on BFMTV tele­vi­sion.

”Of course, there is an un­prece­dented ef­fort to de­velop a vac­cine, but I would be very sur­prised if we had that was ef­fec­tive in 2021,” he added.

“While we would prob­a­bly have one that worked par­tially, we were very far from the end of the cri­sis,” he said.

That be­ing the case, ”we have to live with this virus” he said. And since an­other lock­down was out of the ques­tion, peo­ple had to go back to ”more se­ri­ous habits.”

”This sum­mer, let’s re­spect phys­i­cal dis­tance, at least!” he said, stress­ing that large gath­er­ings were the main threat.

On Satur­day, a DJ’s set on a beach in the Mediter­ranean re­sort of Nice drew thou­sands of peo­ple to­gether, spark­ing a fu­ri­ous re­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia.

Also Satur­day, a group of well­known doc­tors called for the gov­ern­ment to make the wear­ing of masks in­side pub­lic build­ings com­pul­sory in a bid to head off a sec­ond wave of the coro­n­avirus.

Fon­tanet said the main risks for the ap­pear­ance of new virus clus­ters were in con­fined spa­ces, such as on cruise ships, war­ships, sports halls, dis­cos, slaugh­ter­houses, ac­com­mo­da­tion hous­ing mi­grant work­ers and places of wor­ship.

On Wed­nes­day, the French gov­ern­ment said it was pre­par­ing for a sec­ond wave of COVID-19, but rather than im­pos­ing an­other na­tion­wide lock­down, they would use ”tar­geted” mea­sures such as stay-at-home or­ders or busi­ness clo­sures.