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Endemic potential: Fauci doubts COVID-19 can ever be eradicated

American Dr Anthony Fauci says vaccine developers should push to make billions of their COVID-19 immunisation doses to ensure access to all parts of the world, instead of focusing on rich countries.

But he warned however soon an effective vaccine may be available it may not be enough to help eradicate the disease.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health.Credit:AP

Speaking at a webinar hosted by London think tank Chatham House, America’s leading expert on infectious disease said the health crisis may not be a pandemic for much longer “because I believe the vaccines are going to turn that around” but he said that there may be a need to re-vaccinate people intermittently, if COVID-19 becomes endemic.

Co-panelist Dr David Heymann, who led the World Health Organisation’s infectious disease unit during the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003 said the future of COVID-19 may be similar to the response to HIV, Ebola, Zika and pandemic flu.

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