Former FDA chief thinks new mutation of COVID-19 found in the U.K. is 'already in the U.S.'
Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb believes the new variant of the coronavirus found in the UK is "already in the US". and a travel ban will do nothing to prevent it from spreading across the country.
The mutation is believed to be up to 70 percent more transmissible, and because of this, more than 40 countries have banned travel to and from the UK for at least 48 hours. Gottlieb told CNBC's Shepard Smith Monday that at this point he does not believe a travel ban will "prevent this mutant strain from entering the United States. We will have an epidemic that will spread further later this year." in the next three or four weeks we will peak and then infection rates will go down when the vaccinations are introduced. "
So far there is no evidence that this is a deadlier strain, and Gottlieb told Smith, "The question is whether this virus will alter surface proteins in such a way that either the vaccines or previous immunity are avoided, and there is no indication of it. " that's what it's doing right now. "Gottlieb warned, however, that" over time it will evolve in such a way that it is likely to be able to avoid previous infections or vaccines to some extent, so we will likely have to adjust our vaccines over time. "
As the virus continues to find its way around the world, Gottlieb said, "We're going to see more of these variants, so it's important that the population get vaccinated and eradicate these infections. The more infections you have, the more likely it is that these variants are beginning to spread. "
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