WASHINGTON—Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration during the Trump administration, predicted on Sunday that as more Americans are getting vaccinated and the number of people already vaccinated The declining trend of COVID-19 infection rate “may continue” infected with the coronavirus.
In an interview with “Face the Nation”, Gottlieb 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 spring and summer. Now, their decline is very large. I think these trends may continue.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 28 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and nearly 500,000 deaths. But in recent weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases has decreased, and the number of hospitalizations has continued to decline.
Gottlieb said that new variants of the virus were initially discovered in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. They did create new risks and may become more prevalent in the United States, but they are not enough to reverse the current downward trend.
He said: “I think this is too little in most parts of the United States, too late.” “With the increase in vaccination rates and the fact that we have infected about one-third of the public, sufficient protective immunity It is possible for us to see these trends continue.”
At the same time, vaccine manufacturers are developing enhancers and working to redesign injections to prevent new strains.
The Biden administration has been committed to accelerating the pace of vaccination and increasing the supply of vaccines in various states. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Saturday, more than 61.2 million doses of the COVD-19 vaccine have been administered and nearly 75 million doses have been delivered.
Gottlieb said that if children are not vaccinated, the United States will not be able to achieve herd immunity, and compared COVID-19 with measles and smallpox, which have been basically eliminated after successful vaccination. .
He said: “The COVID will continue to circulate at a low level.” “Hopefully we will continue to vaccinate vulnerable people, so we will protect them from hospitalization or serious illness and death as a result. But this will continue to spread.”
Since both the Trump administration and the current Biden administration urge China to share more data about the origin of the coronavirus, Gottlieb said that Beijing should provide information on antibody testing to people working in laboratories in Wuhan, China, where it is the first. Cases of the coronavirus were tested and the original strain was tested so that scientists can study how the coronavirus has evolved over time. The World Health Organization is investigating its origins, but the White House has raised concerns about China’s possible intervention in these actions.
He said: “The most likely situation here is that this is caused by nature. It bounced back and forth between humans and animals for a while, and finally broke out.” “I think the laboratory leak theory, this may be the laboratory. The fact that the accident happened will never be completely eliminated. Moreover, the WHO should not get rid of it so easily.”
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