Former FDA commissioner: "Biggest wave" of coronavirus in U.S. to come as local rates climb

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 19th, 2020 3:49 pm

Last Updated Oct 21st, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, expressed concern over rising hospitalizations as the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic without a vaccine.

"We're going to have to endure this wave of spread right now and it's probably likely to be the biggest wave that we endure…" Gottlieb told CBS's Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation."

Gottlieb said that 42 states have rising hospitalizations and 45 states have expanding epidemics.

"There's not going to be an intervention that really thwarts this, short of the ability to get a vaccine which is probably an event that happens late next year," Gottlieb said, adding that states will have to rely on contact tracing, social distancing, and mask-wearing until there is an effective vaccine. "...We're probably in the 7th inning of the acute phase of this pandemic right now."


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