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COVID-19 May Never Go Away, Even with a Vaccine

Washington Post

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There’s a good chance the COVID-19 will never go away.

Even after a vaccine is discovered and deployed, the COVID-19 will likely remain for decades to come, circulating among the world’s population.

Experts call such diseases endemic — stubbornly resisting efforts to stamp them out. Think measles, HIV, chickenpox.

It is a daunting proposition — a COVID-19-tinged world without a foreseeable end. But experts in epidemiology, disaster planning, and vaccine development say embracing that reality is crucial to the next phase of America’s pandemic response. The long-term nature of COVID-19, they say, should serve as a call ...