Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and current Pfizer board member, said Sunday that the United States’ vaccine supply for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will soon outstrip demand.
Gottlieb said in a television interview that the United States should stand by its plan to deliver doses to states based on population side as he expects supply to exceed demand in as early as three weeks.
“I think a lot of states are going to see themselves with excess supply and excess appointments. So it’s going to be a shame and look back in retrospect and realize that we probably should have put more vaccine into some of these hot spots to snuff them out earlier,” he said.
The United States has reported a total of 31 million Covid-19 cases and 562,059 deaths since the start of the pandemic as of Sunday – both the highest totals in the world – while reporting 66,533 infections and 709 fatalities from Saturday, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University. The nation has also administered a total of 183.467 million vaccine doses with 35.3 percent of the population having received at least one dose and 21.3 percent fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gottlieb said the White House should adopt a habit of surging Covid-19 resources to hotspots.”They never perceived that there was going to be a confluent national epidemic, but there were going to be localized outbreaks,” he said. “That, in fact, is likely what we’re going to see going forward. We’re not going to see a confluent epidemic, but we’ll see those hotspots, so we need to get in the habit of trying to surge resources into those hotspots to put out those fires of spread.” SOVEREIGNPH