Italy is imposition of new restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as the country moves toward a third wave of the virus.
Former head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, was asked during an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation” if he believes the country will need a lockdown again.
“Through this whole pandemic, we’ve been almost three, four weeks behind Europe, so we used Europe as a barometer of what’s going to happen to the United States,” Gottlieb said. “I think the tables are turned, and I think we’re ahead of Europe because we’re vaccinating more aggressively. Eastern Europe looks bad right now. Italy looks bad.
He continued, “But I think the US is in a very different situation, by a combination of the fact that we had a lot of previous infections – so there is immunity to the population from previous infections – and we have now vaccinated 25% of the elders. “
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Gottlieb said the country administers nearly 2.5 million doses of the vaccine per day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rough 63% of Americans over the age of 65 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Agency reports that 21% of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 11% of Americans are fully vaccinated.
On January 8, the US recorded more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections-a record high for daily infections. However, the number of new cases continues to decline. The country now records a average of 55,215 new cases per day.
Gottlieb reiterated, “I think we are in a different situation than in Europe because of the vaccine -induced vaccination we are getting in the population.
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