No one is talking about one obstacle that may prolong the coronavirus pandemic


Andy Meek
  • At this point, it's hard to believe that we've been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for almost half a year now in the US -- and the thing everyone is watching and hoping for next is whether or not a successful coronavirus vaccine arrives before the end of the year.
  • Even if it does, though, White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Monday that won't by itself signal the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Right on cue, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also said on Monday that he doesn't even think a coronavirus vaccine will arrive before the end of this year.

For a while now, many people have been recalibrating their expectations around how long the coronavirus pandemic will last -- with one health expert predicting it could linger for another 12 months -- based on the assumption that once a vaccine arrives, at that point the pandemic will be near an end. It's a milestone we're certainly getting closer to, with scientists also learning more and more about therapeutics that are and aren't effective against the virus.

Along those lines, however, we got a double-dose of somewhat gloomy prognostications on Monday (depending on how you look at them). First, an estimate that a successful vaccine probably won't arrive this year -- and then, even when it does, that still won't be enough by itself to get us out of this pandemic.

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