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Don’t get excited, vaccine won’t give us herd immunity this year: experts

It will take a while to return to ‘normal’ as public scepticism and limited access present challenges to distribution

Jane Wardell

The rollout of coronavirus vaccines in many countries will not provide herd immunity from the global pandemic this year, several health experts said on Monday, citing limited access for poor countries, community trust problems and potential virus mutations.

“We won’t get back to normal quickly,” Dale Fisher, chairperson of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Outbreak Alert and Response Network, said.

“We know we need to get to herd immunity and we need that in a majority of countries, so we are not going to see that in 2021,” Fisher said. “There might be some countries that might achieve it, but even then that will not create ‘normal’ especially in terms of border controls.”..

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