On Monday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained how he protected his three daughters from Covid-19, while still allowing them to visit friends before the age group was vaccinated.
After co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked the former FDA Commissioner to think about the time children spend indoors (if parents have been fully vaccinated), Gottlieb detailed his The method on the “Squawk Box”.
“I am re-introducing the activity with the children, but I hope to do it in a prudent manner, and in the process I will still maintain the definition of social networks. I am considering the number of people who interact with them and the people who interact with them. .”
Gottlieb said: “For example, many of their dates are with children in the class.” “Why? Because that is their social platform. They have already been exposed to the social platform, so we try to interact Stay within the defined platform.”
In the United States, no vaccines for young children have been used.
Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine and Moderna’s two-dose vaccine have limited clearance rates among people 18 years and older. In contrast, the FDA allows Pfizer’s two doses of vaccine to be injected into people 16 years and older.
Although clinical trials are in different stages and examine different age groups, all three drugmakers are testing vaccines for children.
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals said on Wednesday that its vaccine is 100% effective among 12 to 15-year-old teenagers. Gottlieb subsequently told CNBC that he hopes that the FDA can use the vaccine urgently before school education is resumed in the fall.
Experts say that in order for the United States to achieve so-called herd immunity, children must be vaccinated. At this point, enough people in the population have the ability to resist the virus and can resist vaccines or previous infections, thus greatly reducing its spread.
Gottlieb said: “Children are obviously not susceptible to infection, but being less vulnerable does not mean that they are not susceptible to infection. We do see some children getting sick due to the coronavirus.
Currently, as more and more adults are being vaccinated and regaining the comfort of activities they avoided at the beginning of the pandemic, such as traveling, eating indoors, and meeting with friends and family, some people wonder how they should Look at the dangers to children.
Gottlieb said: “Vaccinating parents can reduce the risk of children contracting the virus…because many of the infections we see in contact tracing are actually children who have been infected from their parents, not children who have been infected in school.” Over. “If you interact with a family where an adult has been vaccinated, then the child is less likely to be infected.”
However, Gottlieb emphasized that even Americans who have been vaccinated should continue to pay attention to the fact that the pandemic that has been going on for more than a year is not over yet. He said, for example, people receiving Covid injections should still wear masks around unvaccinated high-risk groups.
He said: “People who have been vaccinated may feel that they are less likely to be seriously ill.” “They are less likely to be infected, and less likely to spread…. But if you are near vulnerable people Even if you are vaccinated, you may be asymptomatic and spread the virus, and spread the virus to that vulnerable person.”
– CNBC Berkeley Lovelace Jr. (Berkeley Lovelace Jr.) Contributed to this report.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and a board member of Pfizer Inc., genetic testing startup Tempus, healthcare technology company Aetion Inc., and biotechnology company Illuminance.He also serves as Norwegian Cruise Line‘ with Royal Caribbean“Healthy windsurfing”.