A future pandemic could be worse than a covid, says AstraZeneca vaccine maker – Human – Science and Technology

The future pandemic could be more deadly than the current one, said BBC scientist Sarah Gilbert, who is behind the AstraZeneca and Oxford University covid vaccine, in a lecture broadcast by the BBC.

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British scientist Sarah Gilbert, who led the development of the Covid-19 vaccine (Oxford-AstraZeneca) at Oxford University, poses with a Barbie doll with a portrait of her

Moreover, the current medical crisis around covid is far from over, and vaccines risk being less effective against the new coronavirus variant omicron, the vaccine scientist said. According to her, people should be careful until they learn more about omikron.

Since the onset of the pandemic, more than 256 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide. More than five million people have died from covid-19, according to authorities.

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According to Gilbert, financial preparedness for further pandemics needs to be improved. Otherwise, humanity is losing the progress it has made today.

“This is not the last time the virus has threatened our lives and our livelihoods. The truth is, the future one could be even worse. It could be more contagious, deadly, or both. We cannot accept a situation where we go through everything we have been through and then find that due to the huge economic losses we have suffered, there is still a lack of funds for pandemic preparedness, “the scientist said.

Gilbert said the new variant has the largest number of mutations in the so-called spike protein, which is thought to increase its infectivity. According to the scientist, omicron also shows other changes, which may mean that antibodies obtained by one of the vaccines or by overcoming the infection with another variant may not protect as much against it. However, reduced protection against infection and mild disease does not necessarily mean less prevention against severe disease or death, the vaccine doctor said.

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“Until we know more, we should be careful and take steps to slow down the spread of this new option,” Gilbert said.

The researcher also called for rapid progress in the supply of vaccines and drugs during the pandemic to become the norm. According to her, there is no reason why a universal influenza vaccine could not be developed to eliminate the threat of this disease.

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The vaccine scientist began developing the product at Oxford laboratories in early 2020, when the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 first appeared in China. According to the BBC, its Oxford / AstraZeneky vaccine is now the most widely used vaccine in the world, with more than 170 countries receiving doses.

According to Gilbert, the American toy manufacturer Mattel made a Barbie doll. British Queen Elizabeth II. the scientist was awarded the title of lady this year.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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