Top coronavirus doctor offers second wave and vaccine hope amid rise in cases – Latest News


It has so far recruited nearly 13,000 patients across 176 hospitals in the UK.

Professor Ian Hall, director of the National Institute for Health Research’s Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, is helping to co-ordinate recruitment of patients to the Recovery trial.

Professor Ian Hall thinks “it’s relatively unlikely we’ll return to the situation we had in late March and April”, and local and national measures will keep a lid on rising cases

Professor Ian Hall is helping recruit patients to the UK’s Recovery trial

He believes a vaccine could be produced by April

However, scientists may have to rely on a vaccine that is only ‘partially effective’

Prof Hall believes other medical breakthroughs could ultimately result in a vaccine by Easter.

A top doctor believes Brits won’t go through a second wave of the coronavirus as deadly as the first – and has offered hope of a vaccine by April.

Recovery’s researchers have already shown that dexamethasone reduces mortality by one-third in people with severe respiratory complications brought about by Covid-19.

“That would be good enough to allow it to go forward into a mass vaccination approach, assuming there were no significant side effects.

“Let’s be positive, let’s say that a vaccine study with positive results came out and showed it offered good levels of protection. It wouldn’t have to be 100%, say it gave 60% or 70% protection.

He told Daily Star Online: “Getting the evidence to prove a vaccine prevents cases, I suspect the earliest realistic time for a readout is probably going to be early next year.

“The best-case scenario is that we might have been able to get an effective vaccine and then vaccinate people by say Easter next year.”

“Then you would actually have to get out and make enough of the vaccine, that’s going to take a bit of time as well.

Discussing the possibility of a second wave, Prof Hall said: “I think it’s relatively unlikely we’ll return to the situation we had in late March and April this year because I think that that was driven by a lot of unrecognised spread within the community…and a lack of understanding about how to manage this disease.”

However, scientists may have to rely on a vaccine that is only “partially effective” and develop other variations that can be provided annually.

He continued: “I think that it’s likely we would put in place measures both locally and nationally, mostly locally, which would prevent the massive increase in numbers that we saw in March and April.

“While I can see an increase in case numbers occurring in the winter months, I think it’s more likely we’ll control it, so it depends how you define a wave.

“I think we’ll probably see a rise in cases over the October-January window but I would hope it won’t be as bad as it was back in spring.”

The UK has witnessed a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases this week, rising by 3,539 on Friday.


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