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Chances of eliminating Covid from around the world ‘close to zero’ ~ Whitty

The chances of eradicating Covid-19 in the UK or around the world are “as close to zero as makes no difference”, chief medical officer Chris Whitty has said.

And prime minister Boris Johnson said he did not believe that, in a globalised world, the goal of eliminating the virus in a single country “makes sense”.

Speaking at a 10 Downing Street press conference, Prof Whitty said that only one disease – smallpox – has ever been successfully eradicated from Earth and that Covid-19 was unlikely to be any different, meaning it will remain a threat for the foreseeable future.

Prof Whitty said: “I regret to say that I think the chances of eradicating this disease – which means getting rid of it absolutely everywhere – are as close to zero as makes no difference.

“We have only achieved eradication of one disease which is smallpox, with a phenomenally effective vaccine over a very, very long period of time, literally hundreds of years.

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