Sipho Mabena
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5 Mar 2021
5:13 am

365 days of Covid-19: New variants suggest virus is here for long haul

Sipho Mabena

Professor Salim Abdool Karim said unless there was a change in technology and a way to deal with variants was figured out, the Covid-19 challenge that lies ahead is enormous.

Professor Salim Abdool Karim. Picture: Supplied/GCIS

Experts have warned until there was a solution for the mutation of the virus, South Africa was in for the long haul, despite the hope being heaped on vaccinations to stop Covid-19. “It is not a simple question that you are going to vaccinate everybody and that is the end of the story. That is not going to happen. We now understand that it is a much longer haul,” infectious diseases epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim said. He said the first phase in the fight against Covid-19 was to close off the borders and control the spread in the second...