The vice chairman of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) has stated that people may need an annual coronavirus shot to keep up with the variations in the virus.
Speaking to Sky’s Sophie Ridge, Professor Anthony Harnden said on Sunday: “I think the new variations abroad are a real concern.”
He continued, “But I think we have to get used to it.
“We live in a world in which the coronavirus is so widespread and mutating quickly that there will be new variants that appear in all kinds of countries.”
Prof. Harnden added, “We may find ourselves in a situation where we need an annual coronavirus vaccine, similar to the flu vaccine. However, the public should be reassured that these technologies are relatively easy to edit and tweak if you find strains that are predominant, the vaccines can be modified. “
Prof. Harnden said, “At the moment it is really good news that these vaccines that we are supplying at the moment appear to be effective against the major circulating strains and the variant strains in the UK at the moment.”