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The Next Pandemic 'Could Be Worse Than Coronavirus,' According to British Vaccine Developer

'This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods,' she said


According to Sarah Gilbert, one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the world should do more to prepare for pandemics like COVID-19.

“This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods,” Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, said during an appearance at the annual 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture on Dec. 6. “The truth is, the next one could be worse. It could be more contagious, or more lethal, or both.”

Gilbert went on to say, “We cannot allow a situation where we have gone through all we have gone through, and then find that the enormous economic losses we have sustained mean that there is still no funding for pandemic preparedness.”

This statement comes in the wake of other influential voices calling for proactive funding of research and medical development to ward off the woes of viral and bacterial mass infection.

Gilbert was vocal about her praise of industry and government speed in responding to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. She said her accolade comes as a result of quickly developing and deploying coronavirus vaccines. She suggested the COVID response could be a model for other diseases. 

“Just as we invest in armed forces and intelligence and diplomacy to defend against wars, we must invest in people, research, manufacturing and institutions to defend against pandemics,” Gilbert added.

Much like other scientific authorities from around the world, Gilbert said existing vaccines may be less effective against the omicron variant of the coronavirus. She went on to say that while infections may become more common, that doesn’t mean hospitalizations and deaths will increase.

This statement comes on the heels of other recent voices stating that COVID vaccines may have a waning efficacy. 

Moderna’s CEO, Stéphane Bancel, predicted recently that existing coronavirus vaccines would be much less effective at combating omicron compared with previous variants of the virus.

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5 responses to “The Next Pandemic ‘Could Be Worse Than Coronavirus,’ According to British Vaccine Developer”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    Are you kidding? I thought this after the second week of lockdowns (Heck, I thought so before this disease was known about — there are movies and video games all about how bad it’s supposed to get). Of course the next pandemic will be worse. This was a walk in the park. What a bunch of child’s play.

    Now, the *response* to the pandemic… that’s another story. I forgot how prone to panic certain swathes of the population are. For every bad situation, there’s someone who is determined to make it worse for you by panicking over it. Keep your toilet paper dry and never mind the bollocks.

  2. nukedaddy777 says:

    PANDUSA comment was very well put. Oops.

  3. nukedaddy777 says:

    Very well put.

  4. Garce says:

    Considering that the last outbreak of a deadly disesase that was not man made was Ebola and was relatively quickly contained, the remaining others of this century have been sars, mers and different H?N? variations. Many of which can and have been traced back to West Taiwan (communist china). You have to start asking questions why so many viruses have come from the same part of the world as the current pandemic yet there’s such resistance to looking toward the obvious.

  5. pandusa says:

    Curious- the display of psychic abilities lately: Pelosi and other members of congress (or their family members) on stocks and such. Bill Gates on pandemics and now a Vaccine Developer (no conflict of interest here). I do not recall ANY pandemic, much less of this magnitude in my lifetime (Three score and 12). The voluminous amount of circumstantial evidence would suggest this pandemic was caused by: “scientist” with more education than common sense, questionable moral/ethical values and colossal underestimation regarding “human error” and in cooperation with “governments”. Nature was innocent in THIS matter. Knowledge without wisdom. I trust nature more than mankind.
    The world IS a dangerous place…it always HAS been. But if that isn’t bad enough, it looks like man will proceed and biologically weaponize it…for power and control. IMO (oh, blame climate change and if caught- try to blame nature) The greatest predicter of future behavior is…past behavior.