First coronavirus vaccine will not be a 'silver bullet', scientists warn government
Added 09-25-20 08:36:03am EST - “Experts advising the UK government said it may only reduce people's symptoms and be partially effective as they stress the need for caution when it is rolled out.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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The first coronavirus vaccine will not be a 'silver bullet' and is unlikely to stop people catching the disease, scientists have warned in a blow to Britain's hopes of avoiding a second draconian lockdown.
Experts advising the government said it may only reduce people's symptoms and be partially effective, as they stress the need for caution when a jab is eventually found to work and is rolled out.
England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has set the bar at 40 to 60 per cent efficiency - similar to the flu jab. But the Oxford University team leading the charge for a vaccine set a minimum target of 50 per cent.
They said one that can cut symptomatic coronavirus cases by half would be hugely valuable. But it would mean millions of Britons would, in theory, still be vulnerable to suffering the life-threatening disease.
Boris Johnson has previously acknowledged that a mass-testing programme is the UK's 'only hope' of avoiding another national lockdown, in the absence of a vaccine. It is why Number 10 has pledged to eventually carry out 10million tests a day.
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