After successful vaccine rollout in UK, COVID could be ‘eradicated’ by winter, senior scientist says


A professor emeritus of bacteriology in the UK predicts that COVID-19 could be “eradicated” in the country by winter due to the successful deployment of the vaccine, according to reports.

“I see no reason why we should be locked out again,” Hugh Pennington told The Sun. “We are now approaching China and Taiwan to effectively eradicate it in our own territory.”

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A total of 1,770 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the UK on Sunday, with a total of 14,659 cases for the week down 4.3% from the previous week, Reuters reported.

The country has recorded two new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test. The weekly death toll of 67 was down 39.1% from the previous week.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 127,605 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19.

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Pennington said he thought the virus might be more like the flu.

“By next winter, COVID could be pretty much the same problem as an average flu season and we can deal with it like we do with the flu. I think we’ll see COVID extinguished in the UK In fact, COVID vaccines are more effective than flu shots. , so the flu might even become more of a problem in the future. We might not even need reminders in the fall, let’s wait and see. “

Data showed that 35.37 million people, or 67.2% of the UK’s adult population, have now received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of these, 17.67 million, or 33.5% of adults, received the two recommended doses.

The country experienced a second devastating wave that peaked at the end of January.

The number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths has fallen since the mass vaccination program and the strict lockdowns in place from January to March which are now only gradually relaxed.

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Pennington predicted that COVID could become a disease that Britons can cope with.

“I have always been skeptical of the magnitude of the threat associated with importing variants,” he said. “Sometimes it was about blaming the variants for other system failures. You can’t predict a pandemic – just be prepared for them. COVID-19 can turn out like SARS and just go away.”

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