WHO says vaccine ‘will not end’ coronavirus pandemic and warns of deadly October

A vaccine will not end the devastating coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

WHO's Europe director Hans Kluge said it is not known if a potential vaccine will help all age groups.

He also warned of an increased death rate in October and November.

Kluge told AFP: "I hear the whole time: 'The vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic.' Of course not!

"We don't even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other.

"And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!

"The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that's a very positive message."

He added: "It's going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality."

Today, Europe's 55 member states are holding an online meeting to agree on a five-year strategy for the virus.

Covid-19 first emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year and has gone on to wreak global devastation.

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It has killed more than 900,000 people, and has battered the global economy driving millions of people out of work.

From Monday, the UK Government has enforced new laws forbidding groups of larger than six to meet together.

Under some circumstances, including gyms and team sports, the rule does not apply.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said the UK is nosediving into a hard lockdown if it does not abide by the rules.

He said: "We know that these are very vulnerable pockets. It's not just in the younger people, it's starting to appear in people more vulnerable and that inevitably is going to be followed by hospital admissions and deaths so we need to act quickly.

"And this isn't a game. We shouldn't be out trying to party as hard as we can in the run up to Monday's lockdown.

"We should all be really thinking about what we can do now to slow down the spread."

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