“Covid is not going anywhere, get vaccinated” – top Thai virologist

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One of Thailand’s most prominent virologists says the Covid-19 virus is not going anywhere and everyone should get vaccinated. According to a report from Nation Thailand, Yong Poovorawan took to social media to say the virus is here to stay and society will have to live with it. However, the vaccination will offer protection against serious illness, hospitalization or death.

Yong referred to the first SARS virus in 2003 – SARS-CoV-1 – which could not be contained, despite attempts at the time to obtain herd immunity. Although no cases of SARS-CoV-1 have been reported since 2004, the world is now fighting SARS-CoV-2, better known as Covid-19.

According to Yong, the arrival of the Delta variant has sped up the transmission, presenting a more difficult challenge for the world. He says any attempt at herd immunity requires at least 60 to 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated. However, he adds that while the vaccine can prevent serious illness and death, it will never completely eliminate Covid-19 and therefore herd immunity will not be 100% effective in preventing transmission.

He says the situation is similar to that of the flu vaccine, which offers protection against the risk of death but does not completely prevent infection. Yong’s call for the vaccine comes as the government pledges to get hard on people who have not yet shown up for their first dose.

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THE SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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