Physicians Warn that COVID-19 May Become Endemic, Even With a Vaccine

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  • Infectious disease experts have warned that the development of a COVID-19 vaccine may not preclude the coronavirus from becoming endemic, suggesting that people should begin to learn to live with the virus
  • The UK's chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance, told the National Security Strategy Committee in London ealier this week that COVID-19 was likely to become as endemic as the annual flu
  • This implies that the infection rate of the virus would stablize at a constant level and the infection will be present at all times in the communities
  • Hundreds of vaccine candidates are in clinical evaluation, with drugmakers and governments scrambling to approve a vaccine to prevent further spread of the infection
  • More than 41 million people have contracted the virus globally, with 1.13 million deaths, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University