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Vaccines alone will not eliminate Covid. We need a long-term post-lockdown vision

Johnson’s “road map” out of restrictions looks carefully considered. But further steps must be taken to prevent future outbreaks

By Philip Ball  

Photo: Buzz pic / Alamy Stock Photo

Last August I was asked to write an article on whether the UK was prepared for a Covid winter. Although infections had fallen over the summer, the vast majority of people remained susceptible to coronavirus, and the colder weather, seasonal pressure on the NHS, return to work, and opening of schools and universities were expected to create new dangers. The experts I consulted were cautious, but not wholly gloomy. “There’s absolutely no feeling of panic,” said one.

That view looks today to have been dismayingly rose-tinted. The UK’s Covid second wave has been deadlier than the first, and…

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