Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that a new type of COVID-19 that originated in the UK is likely to be in the US.
‘Margaret Brennan, host of the nation’s face, asked Gottlieb if he thought the measures taken by the federal government to combat the new tension through negative COVID-19 tests of all air passengers arriving from the UK,’ will have an impact.
“Well, I think it’s probably here in the United States, and it could be on a fair number here,” Gottlieb replied.
Gottlieb said the US needs a better way to follow up on the strains of the coronavirus currently circulating.
“We do not sequence many samples in this country, and many of the sequences that are done are done in private laboratories and are not pooled in public databases. That needs to be corrected,” Gottlieb said. “In the UK they order about ten per cent of all samples. Here we do a fraction of 1 per cent.”
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In response to the recently noted tribe, many countries have restricted travel to and from the British Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeUS top 18M coronavirus cases Washington governor requires 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from the UK, South Africa The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – COVID-19 relief, omnibus talks go to the wire MORE (D) last week introduced a 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving from the UK to its state, while many other legislators, including the New York government, govern. Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo Cuomo pardons 21 people who have shown ‘republican club’ remorse, ‘rehabilitation’, and whose maskless congalin responds virally: Adults have the right to make their own decisions. MORE (D), called for stricter restrictions.
Brennan also asked Gottlieb for these thoughts on the rate at which vaccines are being distributed and administered. She noted that 9 million doses of the two approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna had been distributed and that just over a million people had received a vaccine.
“The pace is slower than has been said. I think it’s probably realistic to think the pace is going to be a bit slower, especially if we try to move through tough vaccinations next month,” Gottlieb said.
“I suspect there are more than a million who have been vaccinated. There is a delay in reporting. But the idea that we are going to get 20 million vaccines and vaccinations by the end of the year is probably unrealistic at this point. ‘