COVID-19 might never disappear, says UK government’s chief scientific adviser

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A coronavirus vaccine might not completely stop infections and COVID-19 might never fully disappear, said Sir Patrick Vallance, who is the UK government’s chief scientific adviser.

He pointed to how in future, treating COVID-19 might become more like dealing with seasonal flu.

Sir Patrick Vallance was addressing the parliamentary committee on Monday when he said that it is likely that this disease will circulate and become an endemic – a disease that is constantly present.

He also said that as management of the pandemic becomes better, as countries get vaccination, it will decrease the chance of infection and the severity of the disease, then sit will start to look more like annual flu.

In the UK there are currently three vaccine trials under way.