The former commissioner of the FDA stated that he believes the downward trend in the coronavirus infection rate will continue into the summer.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that despite the emergence of new virus variants, there is still a risk of infection, but he believes that the infection rate will continue to decline.
Since Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the daily average number of deaths and hospitalizations has dropped to the lowest level.
In the past 24 hours, the number of deaths recorded every day was 1,286. The current number is the lowest level since October 23 since the start of the winter infection boom.
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that the United States is likely to “continue to see a decline in infection rates in the spring and summer.”
The number of daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now falling
On Sunday, the number of people currently infected with the virus in the hospital was 56,159, which means that the number of hospitalizations has fallen for 40 consecutive days.
He said: “This has had painful consequences for the United States, but I think we should remain optimistic. I think we will continue to see a drop in infection rates in the spring and summer. Now they are falling sharply. I think these trends may continue. Go down.” Pfizer director Gottlieb told CBS News.
“With the increase in vaccination rates and the fact that we have injected vaccines into about one-third of the country, this is enough to protect immunity. If you look at the counties in New York and New Jersey where the prevalence rate is higher than 45%, it means that more than 45% of the population is infected during the winter, and their winter does not increase much.
Gottlieb explained: “Once you get some kind of protected immunity and reach about 40% of the population, you won’t have herd immunity because it will continue to spread, but the spread will be much slower. ”
RN Robert Villa (right) provided Armando Montes with Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Pierce College’s newly opened vaccination site in Los Angeles
There has been a drop in hospitalization for 40 consecutive days
Gottlieb said he believes that Pfizer and other companies that produce vaccines will be able to “do better for the fall” and develop enhancers for the new virus variants that are circulating.
“I think we will carry out this work in spring and summer. I think we will never achieve complete herd immunity. Hopefully, we will vaccinate the elderly to protect them from this death, but this will continue to spread.
Gottlieb also said that he thinks this fall may be the right time for school-age children to be vaccinated.
“I think this vaccine may enter the high school population in the fall. We see that there is more spread in high schools than in elementary schools. School-age children have a lower risk. I don’t think this vaccine will drop below 12 years old in the fall.
Gottlieb theoretically said that this could be a problem, trying to reformulate the vaccine at lower doses for younger children because they have a stronger immune response to the vaccine.
Motorists and passengers line up at the Joint State and Federal COVID-19 vaccination site on the campus of California State University in Los Angeles on Wednesday to wait for the Covid-19 vaccination by members of the National Guard
Since the virus was introduced to the United States about a year ago, it has shocked more than 28 million COVID-19 cases in the United States.
The impact of the virus is so severe that it shortens the average life expectancy of the United States by a whole year, which is the biggest drop since the Second World War.
US statistics show that, so far, less than 15% of the US population has received at least one vaccine injection, nearly 43 million people have received at least one vaccine injection, and nearly 18 million people have received a second injection.
Some areas are easing restrictions on indoor dining. For example, schools will be reopened even if there are millions of people waiting to be filmed, which has sparked debates about the safety of teachers, students, and others.
The total number of deaths from the virus in the United States is rapidly approaching 500,000
Even if economists are optimistic about the coming year, financial pressure continues to be heavy.
Congress is evaluating Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the plan this week. The Senate hopes to pass the plan before March 14.
The White House said on Sunday that a commemorative event is being planned and Biden will deliver a speech.
A White House spokesperson said that the president will be silent on Monday along with first lady Jill Biden, vice president Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff and a candlelight ceremony will be held at sunset. .