Professor Van-Tam told Good Morning Britain that over time the coronavirus will adapt to humans and cited the new Covid variants as an example of this already taking place. England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer added that the virus will settle into a pattern similar to seasonal flu, meaning the UK will experience recurrent winter problems.
Professor Van-Tam said: “I have always framed COVID-19 as a virus that is newly emergent in humans, that over time will adapt to humans.
“I think that is what we are seeing through these variants, it is learning how to get a grip in humankind.
“We have fought back with the vaccines but I think it is going to settle at the end, a bit like seasonal flu.
“We are going to have recurrent winter problems with coronavirus.
“We are going to need to deploy vaccines periodically to help protect the population but they will not be a total solution.”
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