Covid will be with us forever despite Pfizer vaccine, claims Van-Tam
Jonathan Van-Tam has said that Covid-19 is "going to be with humankind forever" despite the approval of a new vaccine for the disease which will be distributed from next week.

The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the UK, paving the way for mass vaccination. However the deputy chief medical officer sounded a note of caution at this evening's Downing Street press briefing, as Boris Johnson warned Britons against letting the virus "run riot" despite the "biological jujitsu of the vaccine".

"I don't think we'll eradicate coronavirus ever, I think it's going to be with humankind forever," Prof Van-Tam said. "I think we may get to a point where coronavirus becomes a seasonal problem - possibly flu is the kind of way we would learn to live with it. Do I think there will come a big moment where we have a massive party and throw our masks and hand sanitiser? No I don't. Those habits will perhaps persist for many years."

Live and let live