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The Royal Society
Wed 3 Nov 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Live Subtitled by Stagetext
Living with COVID-19: When a pandemic becomes endemic image

When does a pandemic become endemic?
It’s been nearly two years since the first recorded COVID-19 case, and we all wonder when the virus will disappear and whether we will finally be able to return to our previous lives. The rapid and successful development of a vaccine, building on years of research and vaccine knowledge, has offered hope to the world.
However, according to the World Health Organisation, only two diseases affecting humans and animals have ever been totally eradicated. Experts suggest that while the pandemic will end, COVID-19 will stay with us and become a circulating virus. What does this mean for the new highly transmissible variants appearing? Are vaccines still effective? And how does the virus evolve when faced with our strengthened immune response?
Join Professor Brian Cox and our panel of expert speakers to discuss the future of the COVID-19 pandemic as we learn to live with the virus. We’ll explore what we currently know about new COVID-19 variants and look forward into how a fully vaccinated society will learn to live with the virus, with contributions from experts from the fields of epidemiology, history and public health.  
This event is part of a series of Royal Society events discussing the scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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