Covid pandemic in UK ‘could largely be over by October,’ says Professor Neil Ferguson


The Covid-19 pandemic in Britain will largely be over within three months, a leading epidemiologist predicted on Tuesday.

Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, believes cases are now “plateauing”. He is still urging “caution” as there could be a new peak after lockdown laws were scrapped last Monday.

But he stressed vaccines had “fundamentally changed” the equation in combating the disease.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The effect of vaccines has been huge in reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death and I’m positive that by late September, October time we will be looking back at most of the pandemic.

“We will still have Covid with us, we will still have people dying from Covid but we will (have) put the bulk of the pandemic behind us.”