Dr. Scott Gottlieb says ‘nothing is going to stop’ families from gathering for holidays

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  • Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday that he sincerely looks forward to families and friends gathering during the holidays this year.
  • “We’re going to be together for Thanksgiving and we’re going to be together for Christmas,” the former FDA chief said.
  • However, Gottlieb said that Americans should assess their personal conditions and use tools such as COVID testing to create a safer environment.

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Dr Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday that unlike in 2020, he fully expects families and friends to gather around the holidays this year. He also suggested that there are ways to do this that can reduce the risk of covid.

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The former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said on “Squawk Box,” there’s nothing stopping us from being together, and we’re going to be together for Thanksgiving and we’re going to be together for Christmas. ” He is now on the board of the Covid vaccine maker Pfizer.

Gottlieb’s remarks came a day after White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a CBS interview. “It’s too soon to tell” Would a large group gathering for Christmas be safe?

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On “Face the Nation,” Fauci said, “We just have to focus on continuing to bring those numbers down and not try to push for weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time.” are going to do.” The fact is that US coronavirus cases have increased in recent months due to the highly permeable delta variant.

“Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to reduce those cases, and we can get people vaccinated as well, in the case where boosters are appropriate, to promote people, because we Know that they can go a long way in reducing infections and reducing advanced disease,” Fauci said.

In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. a similar warning It was then released for the December holidays.

Gottlieb said last year his family did not hold a Thanksgiving gathering because of the pandemic.

On Monday, however, he suggested that the decline is different with COVID vaccination for adults widely available. Gottlieb has also said that Pfizer’s coronavirus shot could be authorized on an emergency use basis for children ages 5 to 11 at the beginning of Halloween.

Currently, the two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is fully approved in the US with emergency use authorization for people 16 years of age and older and for adolescents 12 to 15 years old. Last month, Pfizer boosters for older Americans, at-risk individuals and front-line workers were cleared.

Also in the US, Moderna’s two-shot COVID vaccine has been approved for emergency use for adults 18 years of age and older. Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is also on emergency use for adults. next week, FDA will meet to consider booster shots for Moderna and J&J recipients.

“I think people need to decide what is prevalent in their local community and what is at risk in their family setting,” said Gottlieb, who headed the FDA from 2017 to 2019 in the Trump administration.

“If you have older individuals, young children who have not been vaccinated, who may introduce infection in that setting, people should be prudent,” he said. “Use [Covid] Testing as a way to secure that kind of encounter. But there’s nothing that can stop us from gathering around the holidays this year.”

Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and a member of the board of Pfizer, genetic testing start-up Tempus, health-care tech company Etion, and biotech company. Illumina. He also serves as co-chair of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings‘ And Royal Caribbeanof “Healthy Cell Panel.”

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