Masks are needed to bring Covid back under control in the UK, an expert said.
Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), told BBC Breakfast that he is delighted that the UK is now able to avoid the measures being implemented in Europe.
“The situation seems to have been really destabilized in some parts of Europe due to misinformation, particularly about vaccines,” he said.
“I think we have had a very successful early vaccination campaign in the UK and we have very high vaccination rates, especially for people at risk, but of course that means that many people were vaccinated some time ago now and need it.” Boosters to get their immunity back and to ensure that we have a very high level of immunity in society again in the winter season and around Christmas. “
He added: “I am concerned that we really have quite a high level of transmission in the UK. My personal preference would be that we should really try to bring these rates down – we know masks work … because there are people out there who are unvaccinated for various reasons and we have to try to reduce the spread of the virus. as well as increasing vaccination rates.
“No single measure alone will be successful; We need a combination of measures that include re-vaccination, a third dose, but also wearing masks and being very careful not to transmit the virus. “
Prof. Openshaw said he was “against compulsory vaccination” adding that the “answer is in educating and making sure the right messages are being spread”.