Christmas is going to be “tough” this year and not the “usual festival” it is traditional, said wise member Professor Jeremy Farrar.
He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday that he doesn’t think a coronavirus vaccine is ready for the festive season.
Prof. Farrar said, “Christmas will be tough this year. I don’t think it will be the usual festival and all families will come together, I’m afraid.
“I think we have to be honest and realistic and say that we are three to six months in a very difficult time.
“The temperatures are falling, we are all indoors more often, we have the other infections that occur at this time of the year. It’s much better for us to be open and honest now. “
However, Prof. Farrar believed that Covid-19 vaccines and work treatments were “three to six months away”.
The Wellcome Trust director said, “I believe the vaccines will be available in the first quarter of next year. I believe that monoclonal antibodies will be available to treat patients and save lives in the months ahead.
“In this context, I think that we now have to reduce the transmission and move back to the beginning of September as a country, not piece by piece, not in fragments across the country, but as a whole country.”