Clouds are gathering in the United Kingdom, and it is not only because of the country’s battered course in the negotiations for a new trade treaty with the European Union. One of the country’s experimental medicine experts, Professor Peter Openshaw of Imperial College, has sent a dramatic message to the country that the UK faces another lockdown “in a short time” unless the British comply with all the restrictions to stop the covid-19, he told Sky News.

As an advisor to the Boris Johnson government, Peter Openshaw urged people to act “quickly” to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “I think everyone agrees that we really need to act very quickly now to prevent this from growing exponentially and that’s the main point, we need to act quickly because it’s much harder to get this kind of thing under control if it takes a few days”.

Professor Openshaw, highlighted the importance of data that suggests that the virus’ reproduction rate has increased to 1.7. Asked about a tightening of restrictions, he said that returning to confinement “would cause us pain and suffering to return to some degree of confinement,” but added that “if we don’t do this now we’re going to return to hard confinement in a short time, that’s the only way we have at the moment to control this, but there are other things on the horizon”.

“We need to act fast. This is not a game,” insisted the expert, who encouraged everyone to “think about what we can do to stop the spread” of COVID-19.

Regarding the commercialization of a vaccine against the virus, Openshaw affirmed that he is hopeful that there will be one by the winter of 2021/2022. “I think we will probably have positive results from at least one of these vaccine trials by Christmas. “That means that with rapid scale-up we could have a rapid vaccine schedule over the next nine months.


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