A health worker administers a vaccine to a child. With no vaccine or natural herd immunity, Covid-19 is likely to become endemic. Photo: AFPA health worker administers a vaccine to a child. With no vaccine or natural herd immunity, Covid-19 is likely to become endemic. Photo: AFP
A health worker administers a vaccine to a child. With no vaccine or natural herd immunity, Covid-19 is likely to become endemic. Photo: AFP

Explainer |
What will happen if we cannot produce a coronavirus vaccine?

  • Vaccines may just reduce the severity of symptoms or provide temporary protection; there’s no guarantee they will prevent Covid-19 infection
  • Herd immunity will not be achieved by natural infection rates, and the virus may become endemic, which is why public health measures are vital

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A health worker administers a vaccine to a child. With no vaccine or natural herd immunity, Covid-19 is likely to become endemic. Photo: AFPA health worker administers a vaccine to a child. With no vaccine or natural herd immunity, Covid-19 is likely to become endemic. Photo: AFP
A health worker administers a vaccine to a child. With no vaccine or natural herd immunity, Covid-19 is likely to become endemic. Photo: AFP
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