The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that until there is a vaccine manufactured for the Covid-19 virus social distancing will remain a part of Irish life.
Currently the government projects that it may be able to begin to lift the strictest of the lockdown measures early next month but the Health Minister stressed there is not a “magic point” in May when life can begin again as it was before the Chinese virus.
Harris said that the social distancing measures and some lockdown conditions could continue until a vaccine is produced or “an effective treatment for the coronavirus” is developed.
The state’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan echoed these remarks saying we will be dealing with restrictions of “one kind or another” until a Covid-19 vaccine is mass produced.
Meanwhile a vaccine against Covid-19 is thought to be at least 12-18 months away Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his foundation funding the construction of factories for seven coronavirus vaccine candidates.
Coincidentally, Gates backed a Coronavirus pandemic simulation in October in New York City, dubbed “Event 201”, that was chaired by a public-health experts.
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