Vaccine ‘more effective than our wildest dreams’ says expert
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A virus expert has said the vaccine “is more effective than our wildest dreams” and does not think the government will plunge Brits into a third lockdown. Professor Hugh Pennington emeritus professor of Bacteriology at Aberdeen University told talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer the vaccine “is going to protect people, it’s going to save life” adding it will reduce the “nastiness” of the virus by “hundred fold or a thousand fold”. But the radio host wasn’t so sure and reckoned the U.K. will be back to square one by Autumn. She even put a tenner on the outcome.
Asked if the government will be forced to push Brits back into lockdown Professor Pennington said “I don’t think its going to happen.”
But Hartley-Brewer insisted a third lockdown is inevitable adding “in the autumn we are going to have more people dying of covid” she also went on to say how all the politicians ‘know another lockdown’ is on the horizon but are not saying it.
But the bug expert countered arguing the government does not want to make mistakes at this stage and take things slowly as Brits are released from lockdown.
The host then suggested she’d put a tenner on a third lockdown hitting Brits in the autumn.
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But Professor Pennington was defiant in his “expectation” and went on to stress “it’s a very good vaccine.”
He added: “It’s basically more effective than our wildest dreams.
“It is going to protect people, it’s going to save life.
“It’s not going to make the virus go away completely but it will go down a hundred fold or a thousand fold in terms of its nastiness.”
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The profs words come as Matt Hancock announced the UK government is working on developing a “new vaccine.”
Talking to ITV’s This Morning the Health Secretary said the new vaccine could be rolled out in the autumn to tackle COVID-19 variants that become resistant against current vaccines use if Britain.
Hancock told host Philip Schofield that the government is growing increasingly concerned about the South Africa and Brazil variants of covid.
He said: “They have spread a bit around the world.”
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The ITV host asked: “What is the state of our vaccines against those two variants?”
The Tory MP said: “Well, we are not yet sure but we are doing the science and we are watching very closely.”
Boris Johnson will address the nation at 5pm today as the U.K. begins to ease lockdown restrictions today.
The rule of six is back in while two households can meet outside but the new easing has come with a warning from MP’s to Brits to stick to the rules and use “common sense”.
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