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Are we nearly there yet? Not quite, the vaccine is just round the next corner

The growing stream of positive news about the effectiveness of candidate C19 vaccines is indeed phenomenally good news. Yet the journey to the good type of herd immunity based on an immunised population will be long and winding.  and yes we really are nearly there but how nearly is near. With a second RNA vaccine announced to have 95% protection and several others in the pipeline none of which suffer from the same cold-chain logistics challenges in principle, the path to population immunity is clear. Yet there remains an enormous challenge to get sufficient uptake for things to be getting back to normal by this time next year and indeed at all.  As the inventor of the Pfizer vaccine noted 80% must be vaccinated by autumn to beat major outbreaks next winter.  This is a very tall order.  Further, there are huge trust issues among those who are not naturally classical anti-vaxers. Despite the tragically high levels of deaths and risk in the US, a recent poll...

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