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Will the COVID vaccine alone be enough to overcome the pandemic?

It’s been close to a year of living with Coronavirus. After this year of social distancing, lockdowns, wearing masks everywhere, and sanitizing everything we touch, the development of a vaccine seems like the light at the end of the tunnel that we all need. However, the new variant of Covid-19, B117, has created more worry and uncertainty than there was before. It’s estimated to be 56% more transmissible than the other variant. It’s more obvious than ever that no one measure will be enough to control the virus, and the pandemic. What does this mean for everyone? That despite having a vaccine, we need to continue to put every other response into practice.

People starting to get the vaccine has given many people much needed hope. However, there is still some uncertainties, such as the duration of immunity and impact on transmission. We know that the most at-risk groups are first in line to start receiving the vaccine, so another reason that we need to continue with the measures we’re already applying to our everyday lives is because we don’t want to compromise more lives just because we’ll eventually be getting vaccinated. There is still time before more people start receiving it in which we have to be careful.

Another point being made about the effectiveness the vaccine will have on the pandemic is that some people may not get it. Many people are reluctant to trust the vaccine, and this could mean a struggle to create ‘herd immunity’. It could take months to get enough people vaccinated to achieve this.

The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,

said that ‘a vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them.’

It’s very important that we don’t think that because there’s a vaccine we can start returning to normal life just yet, as hard as that is for many. By distributing the vaccine to health workers, and the most vulnerable first, the aim is to take the pressure off the NHS and reduce the number of deaths. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated, and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced... and individuals will still need to be cared for."

Experts have said that life won’t be able to start returning to normal until at least half of the population is vaccinated. In the meantime, there are two main areas where further restrictions are compulsory. These are travel, and education. These need to be monitored and regulated, with people not travelling without a negative test and isolating after travel. Additionally, remote, online teaching is in place for students and pupils.

The main point to remember is that the vaccine slowly becoming more readily available over time doesn’t mean we should reduce our additional efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequent hand washing and sanitising are all essential to carry on. Protecting ourselves, each other, and the NHS is vital.

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