A single dose of a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine “is not particularly protective,” said a scientist advising the UK government.
Cambridge University professor Ravi Gupta and member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Viruses (Nervtag) that advised the government told BBC Breakfast this morning (Monday May 24) that people need a second dose.
However, he said that “even after the first dose, the likelihood of serious illness and death is significantly reduced and the second dose is close to zero”.
Professor Gupta warned, however, that Public Health England (PHE) data showed that “a single dose is not particularly protective and that many adults are in a time of relaxation of restrictions”.
He said he believed the Indian variant “has a significant advantage in humans and would explain what we have seen in India where people who have been vaccinated are infected, as well as people who have previously been infected and have been infected again.”
“So that’s good evidence that the virus is adapting. In the long run it’s something to worry about because… we are opening up and I think we need to seriously rethink the path to full opening if we are to take full advantage of vaccines. “
He said there are large sections of the UK population who are not vaccinated, “especially young people who are going to mingle” and the virus has become more proportionate to the infection so we really need to be very vigilant because it is very could get out of hand quickly ”.
Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford, suggested this morning that the pandemic could be declared over if people were kept out of the hospital by vaccines.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “If the current generation of vaccines discourages people from going to the hospital while there are still mild infections, people get the common cold with the virus, then the pandemic is over.
“Because we can live with the virus, we actually have to live with the virus one way or another, but it doesn’t matter if most people get out of the hospital because then the NHS can continue to function and Life will be normal again. We just need a little more time to be certain about this. “