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A group immunity of 70% not sufficient, according to an expert: “It would leave the virus the possibility of mutating”

“Three million people is still a big playground,” says Corinne Vandermeulen. “You run the risk that the virus will continue to circulate in the population and that it will have the possibility of mutating. “

NWe should aim for a group immunity of 90% rather than 70%, argued Thursday evening Corinne Vandermeulen, director of the vaccinology center of KU Leuven, on regional television ROB TV. “If we reach 70%, the virus can still circulate in 30% of the population, or more than 3 million people for Belgium. We should actually continue to target as many people as possible, ”she said.

“Three million people is still a big playground,” says Corinne Vandermeulen. “You run the risk that the virus will continue to circulate in the population and that it will have the possibility of mutating. This in turn can lead to the emergence of new variants, against which the vaccine may offer less protection. Also, if you only aim for the 70% number, people may no longer feel the need to be vaccinated once that threshold is reached. And it is absolutely necessary that we aim for as high a percentage as possible. “

It is therefore important to continue to convince people of the need to be vaccinated. “It will take a lot of effort, but it will be worth it”, summarizes the vaccine specialist from the University of Leuven.

That research be conducted into the effects of a third injection of the coronavirus vaccine, as all manufacturers of such vaccines are currently doing, is positive, she said. This will make it possible to be better prepared if it turns out that the protection against the new variants is insufficient, notes Corinne Vandermeulen. “Thanks to this research, we will be able to react more quickly. If necessary, a third bite for the population could follow in the spring of next year. “

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