Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel recently warned the American public that the novel coronavirus will be with us “forever” even with the help of vaccines.
- “We are going to live with this virus, we think, forever,” he said.
New mutations of the coronavirus will continue to pop up, he said. This will force vaccine developers, like Moderna, to increase their supply and change the vaccine to defeat the new variants, he said.
What is the future of COVID-19?
A new study published this week in the journal Science suggests the novel coronavirus will resemble the common cold in the future, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. Of course, this depends on how many people become immune to the virus.
- The study suggests the virus will become “endemic,” which means it’ll circulate in low levels and rarely cause severe illness.
- “The timing of how long it takes to get to this sort of endemic state depends on how quickly the disease is spreading, and how quickly vaccination is rolled out,” said Jennie Lavine, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, who led the study, The New York Times reports. “So really, the name of the game is getting everyone exposed for the first time to the vaccine as quickly as possible.”