Scott Gottlieb on Thursday warned coronavirus vaccine recipients not to be promptly treated by personnel, telling CNBC that public health measures such as wearing a mask should be followed.
The former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the recommendations are particularly important for older Americans at high risk of death or serious illness from COVID-19.
“I think for older people who are at risk of this virus for sure .. Wait a moment after your second injection until you are fully immune,”; Gottlieb said on “Squawk Box.” “I don’t think people feel it. Completely safe after the first shot “
Both Covid vaccines, which are approved for emergency use by the FDA, require two doses.Pfizer and German partner BioNTech developed one vaccine, while Moderna produces the other.Gottlieb sits on Pfizer’s board.
About 10.3 million Americans were exposed to COVID for the first time Wednesday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 29.4 million doses are distributed.
The shaky vaccine launch comes as the country continues to experience high levels of coronavirus infection and more deaths from COVID-19.The country’s seven-day average of new daily cases is 245,306. Analyzing CNBC data collected by Johns Hopkins University, an average of 3,360 Americans died of COVID per day over the last week, the second-highest statistic.
Vaccine recipients still need to take preventative public health measures as the US epidemic remains significant and “Infections are everywhere,” Gottlieb says. “If you are a person at risk, even if you have had a second vaccination and you think you are fully immune to the vaccine, you should still be very careful to: Wear a mask and proceed with caution. “
“That doesn’t mean you have to hibernate and avoid seeing your family,” added Gottlieb, who led the FDA in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019. “Maybe you lean forward on that. But wear a mask more Be careful with those interactions because in a highly prevalent environment you are still at risk.
As more Americans are vaccinated, Gottlieb said, it should significantly reduce the overall U.S. infection rate and reduce the severity of the epidemic. At that point, he said it would be more appropriate to “relax”.
“That will hopefully be summer to spring if these new strains don’t settle here in the United States and change our trajectory,” he said, referring to the corona species found in the UK and South Africa. Believed to be more transmitted
Ohio researchers said Wednesday they had discovered two new strains likely to have originated in the United States.
Last week, Gottlieb warned Americans that a return to life before the outbreak was unlikely in 2021, for example, he told CNBC that public places might still want people to get the pre-temperature.
“I just thought things would be different, like it’s different when you pass the airport right now after 9/11,” he said last week. “I don’t think masks will be mandatory next fall and winter if we can increase vaccination rates and if these new strains disappear or are not widespread.” But I think a lot of people will want to wear masks.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and member of the Pfizer board of directors, where genetic testing started. Tempus and biotech company Illumina He is also co-chair of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean’s “Healthy Sail Panel”.