Breakthrough Covid infections are more common than people realize

Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.

Facts have proved that the effectiveness of the new coronavirus vaccine will diminish over time. Gottlieb said that breakthrough infections are likely to occur in individuals nearly a year after complete immunization. However, the former Director of the Food and Drug Administration pointed out that the booster can take effect “almost immediately”, restoring the antibody protection provided by the vaccine to its original level.

Gottlieb said: “At this point, I think we need to accept the fact that there have been a lot of breakthrough infections, especially those who haven’t been vaccinated for most of the time since the initial vaccination.” “Among the vaccinated people. There may be more infections, more transmission in this population, and more unenhanced parts of this population than we are discovering because we just haven’t tracked this systematically.”

“There will be retrospective studies to determine this, but we are not tracking this well in real time. This is the argument that people go out and get boosters,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb urged Americans who have been vaccinated to be strengthened before the Thanksgiving party, and suggested that those who receive additional vaccinations in the coming days can still “get more protection” in time for the holidays. He urged parents to bring unvaccinated children before the holidays to vaccinate, adding that compared with adults, children are better able to withstand the new coronavirus from the first dose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared the way on Friday For all vaccinated Pfizer or Moderna The two-shot Covid vaccine will not be boosted until at least six months after receiving the second shot.The agency previously approved any boosters Johnson & Johnson Vaccine recipients 18 years and older, even though they are eligible two months after receiving a dose of Covid vaccine.

Gottlieb’s comment comes from U.S. reports an increase in Covid cases After several weeks of decline and a nearly three-week plateau that began in late October, the number of daily cases stabilized between 70,000 and 75,000. According to CNBC’s analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, the country’s average seven-day number of new cases reached nearly 92,400 on Sunday, an increase of 16% from a week ago.

The World Health Organization reported in its most recent weekly epidemiological update that as of the week of November 14, global new coronavirus cases also increased by 6%. According to the World Health Organization, Europe recorded more than 2.1 million new cases that week, accounting for approximately 64% of the total global cases.

Hopkins found that Germany reported more than 49,200 new cases in seven days on Sunday, an increase of nearly 31% over the previous week. Gottlieb said that inadequate vaccination rates and lower levels of previous infections than those in the United States are fueling the surge of highly infectious delta variants in Germany.

“When you look at the total immunity of the German population, it may be lower than that of the United States,” Gottlieb said. “I’m not saying that we will not spread here-we of course have seen dense delta outbreaks in specific areas of this country.”

“But I think our current situation is a little different from Germany, because we have experienced a lot of infections from the previous wave, and Germany controlled the infection better in the previous wave,” he continued. “Now, delta strain is out of control there.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the country’s 16 stateso Decided to take drastic measures to control the spread by WednesdayAccording to Reuters, she told members of the Conservative Party that the current measures are not enough.Germany restricts public life in overcrowded hospital areas People who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

Austria, the neighboring country of southern Germany, imposed a complete lockdown on Monday and implemented a nationwide vaccination program from February 1.


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