The former FDA chief thinks the new mutation of COVID-19 found in the UK is ‘already in the US’

Former head of the FDA Dr. Scott Gottlieb believes that the new version of coronovirus found in the United Kingdom is “already in the US” and the travel ban will do nothing to prevent it from spreading to the country.

Mutations are thought to be up to 70 percent more communicable, and because of this, more than 40 countries have banned travel to the UK for at least 48 hours. Gottlieb told CNBC’s Shepard Smith on Monday that at this point, he does not believe that “this mutated strain is going to stop ushering in the United States. We are going to have an epidemic that is, of course.” Construction continues through the course. In the next three or four weeks, we will reach a peak, and then we will begin to see a drop in infection rates as we see vaccination rolled out. “

So far, there is no indication that it is a lethal strain, and Gottlieb told Smith “the question is, is this virus going to replace surface proteins in a way that can reduce vaccines or prior immunity, and There is no indication that it is doing it right now. However, Gottlieb cautioned that “over time, it will develop in ways where it can possibly reduce pre-infection or vaccines to some extent, so we should over time Will need to adapt their vaccines. “

As the virus is making its way around the world, Gottlieb said “we’re going to start to see more of these variants, and that’s why it’s important to vaccinate the population and sniff out these infections . The more infections you have. The more likely these variants start to propagate. “

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