According to Sarah Gilbert, the virus that causes “Covid-19” will not turn into a more deadly type and will become like the corona viruses we live with in our daily lives.
It is noteworthy that Sarah Gilbert is a professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University and the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, and was warmly welcomed by the public at Wimbledon in recognition of her work.
Gilbert explained that the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes “Covid-19” disease, will become like the familiar virus, the Times reported.
She told the Royal Society of Medicine: “We already live with four different human coronaviruses that we don’t think about much, and eventually Sars-CoV-2 will become one of those.”
“It’s just a matter of how long it will take to get there and what actions we will take to manage it in the meantime,” she added.
Gilbert also argued that COVID-19 would not be able to mutate to avoid vaccines. She explained that the spike protein, which is targeted by vaccines, has a limited ability to mutate while still allowing the virus to enter human cells.
“If the virus changes its spike protein so much that it can’t interact with that receptor, it can’t get into the cell. So there’s not a lot of places for the virus to go to get something that evades immunity but it’s still a really infectious virus,” she said.
Gilbert also said that vaccination is key to containing any future epidemics, and preparing for the next one is vital so that outbreaks do not spread to multiple countries.
She continued, “I don’t want to frustrate people by making them think this is all going to happen again, it’s really something that only a few people should be thinking about. We need to be able to respond to outbreaks once they’re identified, vaccinate local people, and contain them.” It will spread if we don’t respond to it and that’s why we need to get the vaccines for these other viruses that we already know about so we can end those outbreaks.”
It said it would cost “less than £100m” to get and operate a vaccine compared to the billions being spent on responding to the pandemic. “Preparation will save us money,” she explained. “It would be less expensive to contain everything if we did it really early.”