This study considers a model for oncolytic virotherapy, as given by the reaction–diffusion–taxis system
\[\begin{eqnarray*} \left\{ \begin{array}{l} u_t = \Delta u - \nabla (u\nabla v)-\rho uz, \\ v_t = - (u+w)v, \\ w_t = D_w \Delta w - w + uz, \\ z_t = D_z \Delta z - z - uz + \beta w, \end{array} \right. \end{eqnarray*}\]
in a smoothly bounded domain Ω ⊂ ℝ
2, with parameters
Dw > 0,
Dz > 0,
β > 0 and
ρ ⩾ 0.
Previous analysis has asserted that for all reasonably regular initial data, an associated no-flux type initial-boundary value problem admits a global classical solution, and that this solution is bounded if β < 1, whereas whenever β > 1 and $({1}/{|\Omega |})\int _\Omega u(\cdot ,0) > 1/(\beta -1)$, infinite-time blow-up occurs at least in the particular case when ρ = 0.
In order to provide an appropriate complement to this, the current study reveals that for any ρ ⩾ 0 and arbitrary β > 0, at each prescribed level γ ∈ (0, 1/(β − 1)+) one can identify an L∞-neighbourhood of the homogeneous distribution (u, v, w, z) ≡ (γ, 0, 0, 0) within which all initial data lead to globally bounded solutions that stabilize towards the constant equilibrium (u∞, 0, 0, 0) with some u∞ > 0.