Washington- Former Director of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said on Sunday that the increase in coronavirus infections among young people is driving new outbreaks in certain states, but he doesn’t believe there will be “real The fourth wave of pandemic.
Gottlieb said in an interview with “Face the Country”: “What we see are infected people across the country, especially unvaccinated young people and school-age children.” In Michigan, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Among school-age children.
“The school outbreaks you have seen and the infections in social groups who have never been exposed to the virus before may be doing better shelter work. Now they have gone out and are about to be exposed to the virus and are being infected,” he continued. “According to the people who are being infected, this infection is changing its profile.”
With the rise in coronavirus cases in 27 states and the District of Columbia, public health officials are urging Americans to stay vigilant and take the following mitigation measures. But as the vaccination rate continues to increase-4 million doses of vaccine were administered on Friday alone-about 130 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19. Gottlieb said that the level of immunity in the United States should be avoided. The pandemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Saturday, more than 104 million Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 59.8 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
He said: “You already have about 200 million Americans who already have a certain degree of immunity.” “I think there is enough immunity in the population, so you won’t see a real fourth wave of infections.”
Gottlieb said that although more and more young people are infected with COVID-19, he does not believe that schools should close the door to face-to-face learning, but should make it safer to resist the spread of the virus.
“I think we need to strictly reduce the impact in schools, schools that use masks, schools that can evacuate a certain distance, as an epidemiologist mentioned this week, go to’full Harry Bo Special’ and try to keep students in certain social groups so that they will not be in groups.” He said. “If you take these measures in school, I think the school can become safer. I think the benefits of enrollment far outweigh the risks. But we must realize that school is a risk factor and children are very susceptible to infection. If we don’t pay attention, Schools can become the focal point of community communication.”
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccines have been approved for use in adults 18 years of age and older, while Pfizer’s vaccine has been approved for use in 16-year-olds. Shoot in young children.
Pfizer announced last week in a study of 2,260 American volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15 that the vaccine was found to be safe and 100% effective. Gottlieb is a member of Pfizer’s board of directors.
Vaccinating children is critical to reopening schools and helping the United States achieve cattle immunity. President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Friday that he believes there is enough information to safely vaccinate children of any age. At the end of the year.
Gottlieb said he believes the FDA can authorize Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use in children between the ages of 12 and 15 so that it can be provided in time before the start of the school year, but warns that it may be required before children under 12 are approved. Longer time to get their chance.
He said: “I do think we will be able to vaccinate children 12 years and older before the fall.” “I think kids younger than this age may spend more time because you will have to test many different doses, To find the lowest dose that may still provide a strong immune response to children.”
Although public health officials warned Americans not to violate guidelines due to the increase in coronavirus infections, families continued to travel during the spring break, and the US Transportation Security Administration reported a surge in airport inspections.
Gottlieb encouraged health officials to issue guidelines that the public will follow to a large extent, but he said it is important for them to promote caution.
“You don’t want and expect that the location of the public and the activities that the public will ultimately engage in are out of date, so that the guidance is simply ignored. You must publish the guidance within the public’s attention. Be willing to do so.”
Despite this, Gottlieb emphasized that the United States is still in a “high-prevalence environment” and is spreading new variants of the coronavirus.
He said: “We don’t want to continue the epidemic because we are not cautious about the steps we are taking.” “In other words, people are realizing that the overall risk is lower. When people are vaccinated, they will feel based on the vaccination. They are at a lower risk, so they are willing to start doing things that may cause illness. They postponed for a whole year, so we need to recognize this. I think the way to issue guidance is to enable people to follow it. Guidance, against their wishes, that is, they want to meet with their family again. Start socializing. They want to start traveling.”