Former FDA Head Warns of New COVID Strain

Former FDA Head Warns of New COVID Strain

( – Things are finally starting to look up for a nation weary of quarantines, facemasks, and social distancing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in mid-December 2020.

However, the former FDA head, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, warned the country about a new coronavirus strain that is running rampant in parts of the United Kingdom, leading to renewed lockdowns and other restrictions.

Dr. Gottlieb brought up the new strain during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that aired on Sunday, December 20. According to him, the strain appears to be much more contagious than previous ones. However, it likely isn’t more lethal.

Dr. Gottlieb’s assessment echoed that of Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, who added that there’s reason to think this new strain would have any impact on America’s vaccination strategy. Additionally, he believes that individuals with a prior coronavirus infection would be immune to this new variant.

All viruses mutate, some more than others. As Dr. Gottlieb concluded, the important part of this ordeal is the nation’s ability to quickly vaccinate people. According to him, the vaccines delivered next week will have a great impact on public health than those delivered several weeks from now.

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