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Coronavirus to be present ‘forever’ with regular injections needed, expert warns

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Coronavirus will be present "forever" and people are likely to need regular vaccinations against it, a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has warned.

Sir Mark Walport, a former chief scientific adviser, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the pandemic would be controlled by "global vaccination" but that it is not "going to be a disease like smallpox which could be eradicated by vaccination".

"This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations.

"So a bit like flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals."

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