Vaccination for COVID-19 is being rolled out for many countries across the globe, and data from Bloomberg reveals that over 159 million vaccine doses were administered. But unfortunately, the coronavirus vaccine won’t solve all of the problems caused by the ongoing pandemic.
According to CNBC.com, an increasing number of public health officials and physicians are warning that despite the vaccination rollout, COVID-19 could become endemic.
COVID-19 could never end
Important voices from the medical world are warning that COVID-19 may never go away completely, and names like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Mike Ryan, or Stephane Bancel (CEO of Moderna) are on the list.
David Heymann, who is the professor of infectious disease epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, raises the alarm once again that COVID-19 is on its way to becoming endemic. He stated during a webinar:
I think if you speak with most epidemiologists and most public health workers, they would say today that they believe this disease will become endemic, at least in the short term and most likely in the long term.
Heymann also added:
Right now, the emphasis is on saving lives, which it should be, and on making sure that hospitals are not overburdened with Covid patients — and this will be possible moving forward.
There are over 108 million infections with COVID-19 worldwide and more than 2.3 million deaths caused by the disease, according to data from worldometers.info. With so many infections worldwide, the virus will continue to mutate, which is an idea also supported by Dr. Jeremy Farrar, who is a member of the UK.’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. Farrar is still optimistic that humanity will be able to control the virus, although he says that ‘we need to learn lessons from 2020’.