There is little chance of a 100% effective coronavirus vaccine by 2021, a French expert warned Sunday, urging people to take more serious measures to distance themselves from society.
“A vaccine is under development for several years,” epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, a member of the team of scientists who advise the government on the crisis.
“There’s an enormous effort to create a vaccine, of course, but I’d be very surprised if we had that been successful in 2021,” he said.
While we possibly would have one that worked partially, he said we were still far from the end of the crisis.
That being so, he said, “we’ve got to live with this virus.” And because there was another lockout out of the question, people had to resort to “more extreme habits.
“Let’s, at least, honor physical distance this season! “He said, stressing that the biggest challenge was big crowds.
A DJ’s set on a beach in Nice ‘s Mediterranean resort on Saturday attracted thousands of spectators, triggering a furious social media response.
A group of well-known doctors also called on the government on Saturday to make it mandatory to wear masks inside public buildings in a bid to fend off the second outbreak of coronavirus.
Fontanet said the main threats to the presence of new virus clusters were in enclosed spaces, such as on cruise ships, warships, sports halls, discotheques, slaughterhouses, housing migrant workers, and places of worship.
The French government said on Wednesday it was planning for the second wave of COVID-19 but instead of implementing another national shutdown, it would use “targeted” steps such as residence-at-home orders or company closures.
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