Coronavirus: A 100% Effective Vaccine Unlikely until 2021, According to an Upidemiologist

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EPIDEMIC: According to epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, it will take many months before having an effective vaccine against the Coronavirus Covid-19 virus

No false hopes … The probability of having a 100% “effective” vaccine against the coronavirus covid-19 in 2021 is low, estimated on Sunday the epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, inviting the French to “return to more serious habits” in the face of epidemic risk.

“The end of the epidemic” is still “very far”

“A vaccine is several years of development, there is, of course, an unprecedented effort to develop this vaccine but I would be very surprised if we had in 2021 a vaccine that is effective”, affirmed on BFMTV this member of the Council scientist responsible for enlightening the French government in the face of the health crisis.



“We will probably have a vaccine that will work partially,” he added, insisting that “the end of the epidemic” is still “very far”. Consequently, “we have to learn to live with this virus, we cannot allow ourselves to be reconfigured … so let’s take things seriously”, he stressed.

“This summer, let’s already respect physical distance! The rallying of the population is the number 1 enemy, “he insisted the day after an open-air concert on Saturday in Nice, without physical distancing. The images of this event led mayor LR Christian Estrosi to impose the wearing of a mask for the major events that his municipality will now organize. In Guyana, Prime Minister Jean Castex assured that “the question of developing the wearing of a mask is under study” , especially for enclosed spaces.

The most favourable context for the appearance of new epidemic foci remains confined spaces, said Arnaud Fontanet. “The“ clusters ”, for many, started in confined places: there are cruise ships, warships, sports halls, discotheques, slaughterhouses, places where migrant workers are housed, places of worship … “

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