A Zero Covid strategy is not possible, as the virus will never be eliminated, the Government’s scientists have said.
Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser, both ruled out such an approach, saying new variants and overseas travel mean the virus cannot be wiped out.
Sir Patrick told MPs: “I do not think that zero Covid is possible. I think there’s nothing to suggest that this virus will go away, at least any time soon.”
“I would expect to see more variants emerge,” he told the Commons science and technology committee. “I do not think we will stop new variants emerging.
Meanwhile Prof Whitty said he would love Covid to “magically disappear” but warned this could not happen with a virus that is highly transmissible and spreads asymptomatically.