‘We have to live with this virus’ says French Expert

During an interview with BFMTV yesterday, July 12, 2020, French epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet said that “we have to live with this virus” as it is unlikely to have a full coronavirus vaccine by 2021.

Arnaud Fontanet on Vaccine Development

According to Fontanet, vaccine development takes several years. “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 said.

Furthermore, he also explained that even if a partially-working vaccine may be developed, we are very far from ending this crisis.

Thus, the French expert urges the public to go back to ‘more serious habits’ and take social distancing measures seriously.

Last week, a metal band in North Dakota faced criticisms in social media after performing at a concert with a crowd not wear facemasks. Here are some tweets regarding the said event:

According to a report, through a statement last July, 11, the band apologized for performing at an outdoor show without implementing COVID-19 restrictions.

In line with this, Fontanet also discussed that the appearance of new Coronavirus clusters is most likely to occur in confined spaces such as:

  •  cruise ships
  • warships
  • sports halls
  • discos
  • slaughterhouses
  • accommodation housing migrant workers
  • places of worship

France to Impose Targeted Measures

Last week, the French government said that it was preparing for a second wave of COVID-19.

However, there will be no national lockdown implemented considering the effect it has on the economy and their people. Hence, “targeted” measures such as stay-at-home orders or business closures will be done.

SOURCE: France24, AFP/The Local

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