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Next pandemic could be more lethal than COVID, vaccine creator says

WorldDec 06, 2021 03:31PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A woman receives an Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium in Cwmbran, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Geoff Caddick/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) -Future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID-19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine said.

The novel coronavirus has killed 5.26 million people across the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, wiped out trillions of dollars in economic output and turned life upside down for billions of people.

"The truth is, the next one could be worse. It could be more contagious, or more lethal, or both," Sarah Gilbert said in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture, the BBC reported. "This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods."

Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said the world should make sure it is better prepared for the next virus.

"The advances we have made, and the knowledge we have gained, must not be lost," she said.

Efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic have been uneven and fragmented, marked by limited access to vaccines in low-income countries while the "healthy and wealthy" in rich countries get boosters, health experts say.

A panel of health experts set up by the World Health Organisation to review the handling of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has called for permanent funding and for greater ability to investigate pandemics through a new treaty.

One proposal was for new financing of at least $10 billion a year for pandemic preparedness.

The COVID-19 outbreak was first detected in China in late 2019. Vaccines were developed against the virus in record time.

Gilbert said the Omicron variant's spike protein contained mutations known to increase the transmissibility of the virus.

"There are additional changes that may mean antibodies induced by the vaccines, or by infection with other variants, may be less effective at preventing infection with Omicron," Gilbert said.

"Until we know more, we should be cautious, and take steps to slow down the spread of this new variant."

Next pandemic could be more lethal than COVID, vaccine creator says
 

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William Smith
William Smith Dec 06, 2021 11:06PM ET
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The next Fauci funded pandemic will certainly be more deadly than this one.
Giyan Argi
Giyan Argi Dec 06, 2021 6:30PM ET
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Next money is waiting
Bernard Devlin
Bernard Devlin Dec 06, 2021 5:58PM ET
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Further propaganda by Big Pfarma to scare people into getting more Jabs..... Roll up!! Roll Up!! .... your shirt sleeves for even more Jabs. 💉💸 Kerching!!💉💸💉💸💉💸
Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson Dec 06, 2021 3:58PM ET
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This journalism is disgusting!  Large numbers of people are out of work and jobs are on the line because people don't want to subject themselves to a medical experiment for a virus that is not, on the whole, deadly; and this even take into account the thousands of people who've suffered "vaccine" injuries and death.  The day governments, "certain people", and pharmaceutical companies stop virus and gain of function development, and virus and "vaccine" patenting, along with the media stopping their narrative-slanted news, is the day everyday people can breath a sigh of relief and get on with their lives, uninhibited from medical tyranny and media-driven fear-mongering.
Meow Mowe
Meow Mowe Dec 06, 2021 3:53PM ET
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Flu branding big time.
Oldfashioned Owl
Oldfashioned Owl Dec 06, 2021 12:27PM ET
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The new stuff possibly cooking up in the lab?
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Dec 06, 2021 9:28AM ET
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Flu was very legal to the ones had no immunity. Flu wiped out most Indians. Covid is nothing if u put in that perspective.
Jose Cabreja
Jose Cabreja Dec 06, 2021 9:04AM ET
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🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡
Steve Bojo
Steve Bojo Dec 06, 2021 9:02AM ET
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Create the problem so as to solve the problem at the taxpayers/freedoms expense.
Kim Gay
Kim Gay Dec 06, 2021 7:57AM ET
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Keep up the fear campaign. It will sell more shots!
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Dec 06, 2021 6:42AM ET
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It could be more lethal, or less lethal. Thats called normal evolution. smh
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Dec 06, 2021 5:42AM ET
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Key word here is “could”, which is obvious to any rational person. You don’t need to be a scientist to figure that out. An opinion based in probability not scientific fact, even though it comes from a scientist.
Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson Dec 06, 2021 5:42AM ET
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of course if they wrote, "Future pandemics could be even less lethal than COVID-19..." no one would pay attention, nor would people remain in fear, hoping big Pharma develops more "vaccines" and boosters to save the day when the supposed serious virus hits (or rather, is released).
 
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