‘The risk to our strategy lies in jurisdictions outside our control’

Scientists worry that variants such as the South African strain may torpedo Ireland’s attempts to get Covid under control, and even push a ‘return to normal’ into mid-2022

14th February, 2021
‘The risk to our strategy lies in jurisdictions outside our control’
A patient receives a Covid-19 jab at a vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral last week as part of Britain’s major vaccine push Picture: Getty

After battling through 2020, this was meant to be the year we escaped the pandemic, with vaccines providing the ultimate solution that would free us from restrictions and make this lockdown our last.

But as new variants emerge, scientists fear a new form of “escape” – the term used when a new variant evades immunity, rendering vaccines less effective.

The less effective vaccines are, the harder it will be to eradicate the virus by...

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