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A vaccine won’t immediately return life to normal

by Grailing Anthonisen - October 23, 2020   19 Views   6 min
A vaccine won’t immediately return life to normal

Claim

A COVID-19 vaccine will not return life to normal by spring 2021

Verdict

Accurate (supported by evidence and facts; acceptable margin of error)

In October 2020, BBC News released a story on a report written by the Royal Society, which described a need to be “realistic” about what a vaccine’s role would be in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The article claims that the development of a vaccine would not automatically return life to normal, as it was before pandemic. Our verdict is that the claim is accurate.

This is because a vaccine has not yet been released, so it still isn’t clear how effective it will be, how long immunity would last, and how quickly it will be distributed. While many are hopeful that a vaccine could be available as early as the end of 2020 or early 2021, there are many other factors, such as production and distribution, that will prolong any return to normal. Because of this and because it takes time to scale up production nationally and internationally, necessitating prioritization and availability, we arrived at our verdict. We are uncomfortable with the term “normal”, as many aspects of life from before the start of the pandemic will have changed, such as the number of people teleworking, for example. In addition, while the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually end and the world will find a way to effectively manage the disease moving forward, other diseases may cause new pandemics, yet again...

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