Updated Tuesday, August 10, 2021 –

Andrew Pollard, director of the Vaccine Center, asks that vaccination programs not be based on that idea: “Continue infecting people who have been vaccinated.”

Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Center.REUTERS

The director of the Oxford Vaccine Center, Andrew Pollard, warned this Tuesday that achieving group immunity to the coronavirus “is not a possibility” once the Delta variant becomes dominant.

Pollard, who led AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine design with immunologist Sarah Gilbert, told a parliamentary committee that vaccination programs should not be based on the idea of ​​achieving such “herd immunity”.

“We clearly know that with the current variant of the coronavirus, the Delta, (the virus) will continue to infect people who have been vaccinated, and that means that anyone who has not yet been vaccinated will at some point find the virus”, said the scientist to the deputies.

Also stating that in the future “a variant could emerge that perhaps is even better transmitted between vaccinated populations”, so “that provides even more reasons not to revolve vaccination programs around group immunity.”

Six months from now, Pollard thinks that a “consolidation phase” in the fight against the virus and that the covid go from an “epidemic” to an “endemic” disease.

England’s Public Health Agency (NHS England), published a report last week in which it warns that there are indications that “the levels of the virus in vaccinated people who are infected with delta may be similar to those detected in unvaccinated people”, which affects to the ease of transmission of the pathogen.

Enter close to 1,500 hospitalized patients with the delta variant in the UK since 19 July, the 55.1% were not vaccinated, Meanwhile he 34.9% had received the complete guidelineI pointed out that report.

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