- SKY NEWS - Oct 21, 2020 -
Tom Gillespie -
Professor John Edmunds, who is advising the government on the pandemic, added a vaccine would help to improve the situation.
Coronavirus will be around for "evermore" and is unlikely to be eradicated, a scientist advising the government on the pandemic has said.
Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), also said the UK can expect tens of thousands of deaths from the second wave of coronavirus in what is a "bleak" situation.
Britain, like other countries in Europe, is currently in the grip of a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, with much of the country under local restrictions and more than 21,000 daily cases reported on Tuesday.
Professor Edmunds told the Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committees: "We are going to have to live with this virus for evermore.
"There is very little chance that it's going to become eradicated."
And he later went on to say: "I think if you look at where we are, there's no way we come out of this wave now without counting our deaths in the tens of thousands."