The leader of the coronavirus vaccine team at Oxford University boasted Tuesday that the public will not return to normal until at least next summer.
Professor Andrew Pollard said that face masks and social distancing rules are here with us to stay for the foreseeable future, declaring that a vaccine is still months away and would only become available for key workers during the first phase of its rollout.
“Life won’t be back to normal until summer at the earliest. We may need masks until July,” Pollard said during a seminar with Oxford alumni.
“If we end up with a vaccine that’s effective in preventing the disease, that is by far the best way to control the virus. But in the medium term, we’ll still need better treatments,” the professor cautioned.
“When does life get back to normal? Even if we had enough vaccine for everyone, in…
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