LONDON (LifeSiteNews) — Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser to the U.K. government, has warned of a potential COVID variant that could “escape immunity” and take the world by surprise and called for annual COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking to the U.K.’s Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday, Vallance said that COVID “has not gone away,” and “[is] not going to go away.”
“It’s going to be a circulating human virus for as long as we can see forward,” he said.
Speaking to the Royal Society conference the next day, the chief scientific adviser also mentioned a potential new variant of COVID that could “escape immunity,” as well as “future pandemics” for which the world needs to prepare.
“The room for this virus to evolve remains very large, so we could be taken by surprise again with a variant that escapes immunity,” he said.
“We’ve got no idea what the next pandemic might be and it certainly won’t be the same as this one – whatever it is, the world needs to be ready to respond,” he added.
Ignoring natural immunity, which studies have shown provides effective and long-lasting protection against COVID, the U.K. chief scientific advisor advocated for a yearly vaccine campaign, but argued against administering COVID jabs every 16 weeks (four months). This is not a “credible” approach, he said.
“What we now need to think about is what gives you a durable response because what isn’t credible, is to start having vaccines every four months for everybody; that just is not a way that it works,” he said.
Instead, he suggested giving people a vaccine every year, which he compared to administering flu vaccines.
“I think it will probably look like we’ll be doing annual vaccines for a certain part of the population as we have for flu,” he said.
“We have to move to the sensible annual cycle in my view.”
The chief scientist also praised the experimental mRNA technology used in most COVID jabs, arguing that mRNA vaccines have been “unbelievably important” during COVID “because they’ve been quick to get off the ground.”
Ignoring millions of reports of adverse events and deaths in relation to mRNA COVID vaccines worldwide, the British physician did not rule them out as potential candidates for his yearly vaccination campaign.
“They may be the right ones to give annual vaccines they might not,” he said.
Commenting on the current relief in the pandemic, Sir Patrick insisted it has been “quite an unstable period.”
He opined that the virus is “changing very rapidly” and is still posing a danger.
“It’s not a foregone conclusion that evolution to increase growth and transmission — which is what the virus does, wants to do — [is] necessarily associated with reduced severity,” he said.
The British physician has been at the forefront of pushing for COVID restrictions and his known for his ambiguous statements on the experimental mRNA vaccines.
In December 2020, he announced that face masks could be required until the following winter based on not knowing “yet how good all the vaccines are going to be at preventing the transmission of the virus.”
And in July of last year, he argued that they were “very, very effective, but not 100%,”and asserted that 60% of those hospitalized with COVID were “fully vaccinated,” but later corrected his statement saying the figure was actually for those who are unvaccinated.