The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has given an indication of what life in the UK will be like if a successful vaccine for the coronavirus is never found.
There is a global effort taking place to find a vaccine for Covid-19, including a promising trial at Oxford University,
but as Mr Hancock confirmed today – there is no guarantee that a working vaccine will be developed.
The Health Secretary was speaking on Sky News this morning, where he was responding to questions from the public.
One viewer asked an important question about what will happen to our lives if a working vaccine is never found.
Mr Hancock said that while he is hopeful of a vaccine, there is no guarantee that one will be developed.
He said if this doesn’t happen – we will have to adapt our lives to live with coronavirus.
He added: “We will need to learn to find a way to live with this virus; and this will all be about getting the numbers of infections down and keeping them down.
“This will involve mass scale testing and the huge amount of human contact tracing that we are bringing in; so we can understand and live with the virus.”
He said another key aspect could be drugs and medication.
He added: “We are working on new drugs right now
that make sure that if you do get the virus then you do not get as ill as people do now.”
There are currently few effective treatments for coronavirus, with doctors relying on the immune systems of patients to try and fight it off.
But a new drug is being developed by UK scientists that is currently being trialled at University Hospital Southampton, with initial results expected by the end of June.