Former FDA head says COVID-19 rates likely to continue to decline

Former FDA head says COVID-19 rates likely to continue to decline


The former head of the Food and Drug Administration has projected that plummeting COVID-19 rates are “likely to continue” since a growing number of people have some form of protection against the virus.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the virus has fewer Americans to infect due to more vaccines being administered and people who have already been sick.

“I think we’re going to continue to see infection rates decline into the spring and the summer,” Gottlieb told “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “Right now, they’re falling quite dramatically. I think these trends are likely to continue.”

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Gottlieb said that new more-contagious variants that emerged in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil do pose a threat, but are unlikely to reverse current trends.

“I think it’s too little, too late in most parts of the country,” Gottlieb said. “With rising vaccination rates and also the fact that we’ve infected about a third of the public, that’s enough protective immunity that we’re

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