A top Oxford University Professor, Sir John Bell has said that life will return back to normal by spring 2021 now that Pfizer has a vaccine that has 90% efficacy.
This come after the success story announced on Monday by Pfizer and BioNTech have found a vaccine that has a 90% chance of preventing people from catching the virus.
Sir John Bell, who is the regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and a member of the government’s vaccine taskforce, announced today, that other vaccines are now likely to become available in the near future.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Sir John said, “I am really delighted with this result – it shows that you can make a vaccine against this little critter. 90% is an amazing level of efficacy.
“It rolls the pitch for other vaccines because I can’t see any reason now why we shouldn’t have a handful of good vaccines.”
Asked if people could look forward to a return to normal life by the spring, Sir John replied: “Yes, yes, yes, yes. I am probably the first guy to say that, but I will say that with some confidence.”
By the end of 2020 the government are expecting to receive 10m doses of the new vaccine, should regulators approve it.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the prospects of a vaccine create optimism the current situation will improve by spring 2021.
Johnson’s spokesman said that though the government was “optimistic of a breakthrough, we must remember there are no guarantees.”
He added that only once safety data was published, only then will the licensing authorities consider making it available to the public.
He said, “In the meantime, the NHS stands ready to begin the vaccination programme for those most at risk once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, before being rolled out more widely.”