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‘More mutant strains of Covid will hit Britain’ warns JVT, as Boris Johnson ‘worries’ about Brazilian mutation

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More mutant strains of Covid are likely to strike Britain, Jonathan van-Tam warned last night, as Boris Johnson said he was “concerned” about the Brazilian mutation.

The deputy chief medical officer told Britons to prepare for the coronavirus to “continue to change over time”, after the prime minister revealed that a third strain of the bug has emerged in Brazil.

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Jonathan Van-Tam warned other strains of Covid are likely to hit UK
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Professor Van Tam told The Sun in an exclusive interview that Covid is likely to be with us forever: “I don’t think we are ever going to eliminate this virus from humanity.

He added: “I think the virus will continue to change over time, as the disease has already shown signs of doing.”

Professor Van-Tam said Covid would likely stick around the same way the flu – which mutates regularly.

And he said that ultimately “there will come a time when we will have to reformulate the vaccines” if new strains continue to appear around the world.

The senior scientist could not say how long the protection against the vaccine should last, but predicted that it could “possibly” last “a small number of years.”

It is more likely to be “in the region of a very large number of months,” he said.

The deputy medical director also said the lockdown would likely be with us until mid-late spring, as he answered questions from Sun readers in an exclusive chat.

But if the British start to ease the lockdown rules now, they will give the vaccine a headwind, he warned.

In a rallying cry for the nation, he urged the country not to slack off when the end is in sight.

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Britain leads the world in its vaccination schedule, but tens of millions of people will need to be stung before infection rates are reduced and tough rules can be torn apart, he added .

He told Sun readers today: That’s the problem right now, disease activity is really high. But people are starting to think, well, the vaccine is coming, I can relax a bit now.

No no no no. The effects of the vaccine will take three months until we see them properly, and by then no one can relax.

We are probably in the last stages of this race like at the Grand National. We’ve just got a few more fences, we just have to stick to it.

He said even those who have received their blows must stick to lockdown and social distancing rules for now.

Regarding the lifting of the foreclosure rules, he added: It is only, I guess, between mid to late spring. And people have to be patient with that.

Matt Hancock has already established four tests to lift UK lockdown measures.

The number of deaths and hospitalizations must decrease, no new variant that poses problems and the vaccination program deployed as planned must first be carried out.

It’s unlikely to be before the end of February at the earliest, but ministers have refused to set a timeline for him.



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