A coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer is being hailed as the key to a return to normality after trials indicated a 90% effectiveness. The BBC featured Sir John Bell of the University of Oxford saying ‘with some confidence’ that it will mean a return to normality by the spring.
These are interim results and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged caution, while concerns have been raised over the transportability of the vaccine, which has to be stored at extremely low temperatures of around -70 to -80C, and about the timescales for mass production and the durability of protection.
However, the news is the first glimmer of light after a long year in which Boris Johnson’s mismanagement of the UK’s response to the crisis has been calculated to have led to tens of thousands of needless deaths and one of the worst COVID-driven economic collapses of any major nation.
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