One of the scientists behind the UK-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine said the next pandemic may be much worse unless more money is allocated to research to fight future viral outbreaks.
Sarah Gilbert Monday evening said there will certainly be another pandemic that “threatens our lives and livelihoods.”
“This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods,” Gilbert said in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture on Monday. “The truth is, the next one could be worse. It could be more contagious, or more lethal, or both.”
“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,” she said. “The advances we have made, and the knowledge we have gained, must not be lost.”
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