Full coronavirus vaccine unlikely by next year, expert warns

 A researcher works on the development of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Brazil.

File: The two main sources of COVID-19 introductions into South Africa were through South Africans travelling abroad at the beginning of the year and tourists who came here until we shut our borders. 

AFP/Douglas Magno

PARIS- There is little chance of a 100 percent effective coronavirus vaccine by 2021, a French expert warned, urging people to take social distancing measures more seriously.

"A vaccine is several years in development," said epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, a member of the team of scientists advising the government on the crisis, speaking on BFMTV television.

"Of course, there is an unprecedented effort to develop a vaccine, but I would be very surprised if we had that was effective in 2021," he added.

READ: South Africa to start Africa's first coronavirus vaccine trial

"While we would probably have one that worked partially, we were very far from the end of the crisis."

That being the case, "we have to live with this virus" he said. And since another lockdown was out of the question, people had to go back to "more serious habits".

"This summer, let's respect physical distance, at least!" he said, stressing that large gatherings were the main threat.

- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.

The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

Source
AFP