Professor Sarah Gilbert said the next pandemic could be worse than COVID-19
One of the developers of the AstraZeneca vaccine, professor at Oxford University Sarah Gil (Sarah Gilbert) warned that future pandemics could be more dangerous and more deadly than the coronavirus pandemic. Her words are reported by The Washington Post.
“This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods. The truth is, the next [time] could be even worse. It can be more contagious, or more deadly, or both together, “the expert explained.
She also called for more active funding for research and stated that a situation should not be allowed in which after huge investments in the fight against the pandemic, the world will not be ready for new infections. Gilbert compared pandemics to war: according to her, just as states invest in diplomacy and defense, they need to invest in protection against viruses.
Earlier, Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, predicted new waves of the coronavirus pandemic every three months. “If we do not get vaccinated in a short time, every three months we will have a new wave and count them ad infinitum – the fifth, tenth, twentieth,” the specialist emphasized.