'Incredibly small' chance of mass vaccine or treatment in next year: UK official

LONDON (Reuters) – There is an “incredibly small” chance of having a highly effective vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus within the next year, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Wednesday.

“In the long run, the exit from this is going to be one of two things, ideally, one of which is a highly effective vaccine … and/or highly effective drugs,” he told reporters.

“Until we have those – and the probability of having those any time in the next calendar year are incredibly small and I think we should be realistic about that – we’re going to have to rely on other social measures.”

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