Professor Matt Keeling says vaccinations alone won't beat the Coronavirus

Vaccinations alone are unlikely to contain coronavirus infections in the UK, a new study suggests.

However, the researchers concluded that gradually easing lockdown restrictions and achieving high uptake of COVID-19 jabs can minimise future waves.

The University of Warwick’s modelling was performed before early real-world data emerged from studies examining the impact of the vaccine rollout.

Professor Matt Keeling said: “Our modelling suggests that vaccination rollout in adults alone is unlikely to completely stop COVID-19 cases spreading in the UK.

“We also found that early sudden release of restrictions is likely to lead to a large wave of infection, whereas gradually easing measures over a period of many months could reduce the peak of future waves.”

He added that the huge success of the UK’s vaccine rollout so far – coupled with the government’s gradual roadmap for easing restrictions – is cause for optimism.

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