June 24, 2024

AstraZeneca vaccine maker says the next pandemic could be worse

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AstraZeneca vaccine maker says the next pandemic could be worse

A scientist who co-created the Oxford vaccine against covid-19 warns that the next pandemic could be more deadly or contagious. One of the covid-19 vaccine creators from AstraZeneca said Monday (06/12) that a future pandemic could be more deadly than the current one and that more resources are needed for scientific research.

“This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and livelihoods,” Oxford University scientist Sarah Gilbert said at a BBC-recorded event, which will be broadcast later on Monday.

He added, according to excerpts from the speech already made public, “The reality is that the next letter will be worse, it could be more contagious or more deadly, or both.”

The Oxford University scientist insisted that the knowledge gained from the current coronavirus crisis should be used to prepare for a possible future crisis.

Regarding the omicron variant, Gilbert explained that because of its mutations, the virus appears to be more easily transmitted and acknowledged that it is possible that vaccines may be less effective in preventing infection, but insisted that this does not mean that they are less effective in reducing infection. illness or death.

“Until we know more, we must be vigilant and take steps to slow the spread of this new species,” he said.

Like (Lusa, Agence France-Presse)

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