General questions

If COVID-19 becomes endemic will vaccination still be needed?

The term ‘endemic’ describes a disease that is regularly found among particular people or in a certain area. It does not say anything about how deadly or frequent a disease is. At this point, we do not yet know whether COVID-19 will become endemic, nor whether vaccination will be needed in the longer term.

Globally, we should aim for a response system that is always ready and can be scaled up quickly to minimize the impact of COVID-19 disease through the effective use of vaccines, therapeutics, and other preventive measures.