Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London has warned that the government’s current Covid measures are “insufficient” and vaccines are not enough to control the virus.
Professor Spector said that this is not the only Christmas we should be worried about, as the virus will be a concern for the next five years.
Speaking online at the Royal Society of Medicine’s Covid-19 series he said that scientists have a far better picture this year than they did last year.
Professor Spector said, “And that’s clearly turning out not to be the case, as we realise that just vaccines alone, even in countries that have got higher vaccination rates than ours, are not the final solution to this. But we need a combination of measures.
“We need to extend the vaccination programme to include three shots.
“We also need to realise there will be breakthrough infections that are real, we now know that vaccinated people can still transmit the virus, and that is going to be running through our populations to some degree.
“How high we want those rates to be is highly determined by our complacency and our relaxation of some of the rules that we had in place, that last year I thought we’re actually over the top, and now this year, I think insufficient.”