Dr David Nabarro, Chair of global health at Imperial College London, warned Britons that vaccine-beating Covid variants could soon be in the country. While speaking on Sky News with Stephen Dixon, he admitted to being confident that coronavirus variants that beat our vaccine would soon emerge in the country. He insisted this was an inevitability and argued citizens must continue to respect preventative measures.
Dr Nabarro said: “Stephen, I want to be clear with you.
“I personally expect that variants will appear in different parts of the world that are capable of beating the protection offered by the current vaccines.
“It is not a case of if but when.”
Despite this prediction, Dr Nabarro insisted the UK could still beat the virus.
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He said: “I am saying, to everyone I work with, we do have to maintain our respect for this virus.
“We can beat it but it means maintaining physical distance, wearing masks and also being really good about isolating when we are being told to.
“I just heard on the programme the challenge of ensuring isolation is done properly but that is very important in getting ahead of this disease.
“We are going to have to go on treating it with respect for quite a lot of months to come.”
In the House of Commons, Mr Hancock told MPs: “We’ve recently seen a new variant first identified in India.
“We’ve now detected 103 cases of this variant, of which again the vast majority have links to international travel and have been picked up by our testing at the border.”
Mr Hancock said the samples have been analysed to see if the new variant has any “concerning characteristics” such as greater transmissibility or resistance to treatments and vaccines.
He added: “After studying the data, and on a precautionary basis, we’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the red list.”