A vaccine against coronavirus is being eagerly awaited across the globe. It is seen as the key to us being able to return to normality. But when we can we expect a vaccine to be available here in Belgium?
Professor Van Gucht told the press conference "At the moment there are various studies ongoing with a number of protype vaccines. We hope that the first results will be available in the coming months. If all goes well and the vaccine is safe, the initial vaccination campaign in Belgium will get under way in early spring, between March and June First those from the highest risks groups and those working in the health care sector will be vaccinated."
A difficult winter
However, before the spring we will still have to get through the winter. "The coming winter will be the most difficult, but we will have to perseve". But why will this be the case? Is the virus now more infectious than it was in March? “No” says Professor Van Gucht.
"The virus is the same. It is very, very similar to what it was in March or April. However, the Context has changed. It is colder. People are living inside more and have more contacts there. This means that they become infected more easily.
This is certainly part of the explanation for the sharp growth (in infections). This has nothing really to do with the characteristics of the virus, but with the weather and the context”.