Former FDA chief Gottlieb says downward trend in covid infection is “likely to continue”

Washington Washington – Dr. Scott, former head of the Food and Drug Administration during the Trump administration. Scott Gottlieb predicted on Sunday that the rate of COVID-19 infection is likely to decrease as more Americans get their vaccines and the number of people already contracted Corona virus.

“This is a tragic step on the United States, but in my view we should be optimistic,” Gottlieb said in an interview with Face the Nation. “I think we continue to see a decline in infection rates in the spring and summer. Right now, it’s coming down quite dramatically. I think these trends are likely to continue.”

There have been more than 28 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., and the death toll is approaching 500,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. But there has been a drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and hospitalizations continue.

Gottlieb said new strains of the virus, identified for the first time in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, pose a new threat and the U.S. In it may become more prevalent, but at the moment it is not enough to reverse the decline.

He said, “I think it’s too low in most parts of the country, it’s too late.” “With the rising rates of vaccinations and also the fact that we have infected a third of the population, it is so protective immunity that we are likely to continue these trends.”

Vaccine manufacturers, meanwhile, are developing boosters and re-engineering their shots to protect against new strains.

The Biden administration has worked to speed up vaccination and speed up vaccine supply to the states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVD will be out by Saturday. – More than 61.2 million doses of 19 vaccines have been given and about 75 million doses have been distributed.

Gottlieb said the U.S. Therefore it would not be possible to reach the vaccinated dwarf immunity, and contracted Kovid-19 with measles and measles, which were essentially eradicated after successful vaccination attempts.

“Covid keeps moving at a lower level,” he said. “Hopefully we will continue to vaccinate vulnerable populations, so we will save them from being hospitalized or from serious illness and death from this. But this spread will continue.”

With both Trump and now the Biden administration pushing China to share more information about the origin of the coronavirus, Gottlieb said Beijing should provide information on antibody tests to people working in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, where the first case of coronavirus is. The discoveries were made, as well as the original strain, allowing scientists to study how the coronavirus evolved over time. The World Health Organization is investigating the origins, but the White House has expressed concern about possible interference in China’s efforts.

“The most likely scenario here is that this came from nature, this was bouncing back and forth between people and animals for a while and eventually it erupted.” “I don’t think the lab leak theory, the fact that this could be an accident from that lab, will be completely eliminated. And the WHO shouldn’t have gone so smoothly.”