The virologist Johan Neyts warns people that they should not expect too much from the vaccine in terms of our ‘freedom’. It is not the case that when the vaccine is finally available, we can immediately return to normal life. The virologist sees that many people think this, and according to him that is a gross estimation error.
Neyts argues for more realism about the candidate vaccines, he wonders whether we should use a vaccine at all if it only partially protects people.
“If some offered only 50 percent protection, you have to ask yourself whether we should use them en masse,”
According to various studies, a vaccine must protect at least 60% of a society in order to act effectively. According to Neyts, it is still unclear whether one of the candidate vaccines can achieve this result.
“That has an impact on how you will arrange it practically to vaccinate everyone. AstraZeneca and Moderna also set in their end goals that they want the vaccine to protect against the mild symptoms of Covid-19. Whether it then provides sufficient protection against severe symptoms is still uncertain. All this has yet to become clear from the studies in the coming months. ”
According to Neyts, it is important to hear his message. It should not be assumed that they will be able to live normally again after the upcoming winter. The restrictions will remain for a long time, in the coming months and if not next year it will not be possible to return to the old normal.
“Expectations are just too high now. We will certainly not be able to do without corona measures next spring and next summer. That is not to say that I am not hopeful that we will eventually have an effective vaccine. But it will not be as fast and as simple as we now often want to believe. ”
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