Former United States Food and Drug Administration head Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned that the country may not get to the point where full herd immunity to COVID-19 is created.
“I don’t think we should be thinking about achieving herd immunity. I don’t know that we ever achieve true herd immunity, where this virus just stops circulating,” Gottlieb told CNBC. “I think it’s always going to circulate at a low level. That should be the goal, to keep the level of virus down,” he added.
The ex-FDA chief reiterated his stance that coronavirus infection numbers in the US will start dropping significantly in May and noted the “vulnerability” of Americans to the disease has been “dramatically reduced as a result of vaccination.”