Dr. David Nabarro, the special envoy on COVID-19 for the World Health Organization, said in an interview Thursday that new variants of the virus will continue to emerge in the population so protective measures like wearing face masks and practicing social distancing should be implemented indefinitely.
“We will go from Delta to Lambda and then onto the other Greek letters, that’s inevitable, and some of these variants will be troublesome,” he told Sky News. “I’m basically saying variants are going to go on coming. That’s part of life. We need to pick them up fast; we need to move quickly if we see them in a certain location; we need to build the management of variance into what we call our COVID-ready strategy, which is going to be the pattern for the foreseeable future.”
Nabarro pointed out that some of these new variants will be able to evade the protection offered by vaccines.