Ex-FDA boss: US should ‘lean more aggressively forward’ to lift COVID restrictions

Ex-FDA boss: US should ‘lean more aggressively forward’ to lift COVID restrictions


The former head of the Food and Drug Administration said the US should “lean more aggressively forward” into lifting COVID-19 restrictions — adding that he believes the trend of declining cases is “locked in at this point” and he doesn’t anticipate another surge.

“I think oftentimes a mistake we make is that we’re quicker to implement these precautions than we are to lift them because we’re worried that once we lift them, we won’t be able to reimplement them,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“I think we need to lean more aggressively forward and look at ways to try to relax some of the provisions that don’t really make as much sense anymore.”

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Gottlieb said officials should look the “hardest” at restrictions on outdoor activities.

“I think we should be thinking about lifting mask ordinances outside. I think we should be thinking about lifting limits on gatherings outside and trying to encourage people to go

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