The number of people that have got vaccinated in the US has been high. The delta variant, which is known as the most contagious variant of the coronavirus is probably going to increase the number of cases of the infected in the US by a number, but it won’t be necessarily a raging pandemic.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a raging epidemic across the country like we saw last winter. I think that there’s going to be pockets of spread, and prevalence overall is going to pick up,” the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said on “Squawk Box.”
“But I think in parts of the country where vaccination rates are high, and that’s certainly true in the Northeast, I think we’re largely protected — at least from the current variants that are circulating,” added Gottlieb, who serves on the board of Covid vaccine maker Pfizer.
However, he had also mentioned that some parts of the US are going to have more affected people than the others because people are not that much vaccinated there. “If you’re someone even who has been vaccinated living in those parts of the country, and there’s a dense epidemic of this new delta variant, you’re at risk as well because we know the vaccines aren’t 100% and we know in vulnerable populations — people who are immunocompromised, people who are much older — the vaccines may not work as well over time.”
So if you are someone who had not got the vaccine yet then you have to get it as soon as possible because that’s the only line of defense that we have against the delta variant of coronavirus.