Future pandemics could be more deadly than current one, - AstraZeneca vaccine developer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The British scientist says that the vaccines could prove less effective against new strains
18:11, 6 December 2021

coronavirus pandemic

The future pandemics could prove deadlier for humankind than the ongoing one. Sarah Gilbert, one of the AstraZeneca vaccine developers said so as quoted by BBC.

"Truth be told, the next virus could appear even worse. It could be more contagious, deadlier or both", the scientist said. 

Gilbert added that the current vaccines could appear less effective against new strains, specifically the Omicron. So people should be careful because scientists don't know much about it. According to her, the new strain has changes, which mean that the antibodies developed by the vaccines and produced due to infection with other strains are less effective. There's a chance that a universal vaccine will be developed in the future against this disease.

Related: Over 70,000 people vaccinated against Covid-19 on December 5

The governments are supposed to assign funds for preparations to future pandemics, and the scientists should keep the experience and knowledge that they received while fighting Covid-19. 

Related: Health Ministry reports no Omicron Covid-strain cases in Ukraine

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