Coronavirus latest: No vaccine for ‘foreseeable future’, warns top scientist

David Nabarro, a professor of global health at Imperial College London and an envoy for the World Health Organisation on COVID-19, said: “You don’t necessarily develop a vaccine that is safe and effective against every virus.

“So for the foreseeable future, we are going to have to find ways to go about our lives with this virus as a constant threat.

“That means isolating those who show signs of the disease and also their contacts. Older people will have to be protected. In addition, hospital capacity for dealing with cases will have to be ensured. That is going to be the new normal for us all.”

However, Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, said the prospects for finding a vaccine for COVID-19 are “very good”.

She said her team is waiting for final safety tests and approvals before clinical trials can start on a vaccine she is “80 percent sure” will work.

She added: “The prospects are very good, but it is clearly not completely certain.”

As scientists around the world search for a vaccine, a Belgian study shows antibodies obtained from llama blood can help neutralise the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.

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