BREAKING: Scientists warn of future coronavirus variant risk

Sky News published this video item, entitled “BREAKING: Scientists warn of future coronavirus variant risk” – below is their description.

Government scientists Sir Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance have warned that the coronavirus pandemic is not over globally, and the need for surveillance remains.

Sir Patrick Vallance emphasised the danger of new variants, which can emerge spontaneously at any time around the world.

He said that they may ‘not necessarily be less serious that the Omicron variant’, either through the intrinsic medical effect or any potential increase in strain on the NHS.

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