While the US is waiting for a planned winner in Tuesday’s election between Trump and Democrat Joe BidenThe recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the nation has continued unabated. One day on Thursday, 121,888 new infections were reported after 100,000 eclipses For the first time, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Gottlieb, who headed the Food and Drug Administration of May 2017 to April 2019, specifically called on vice president Mike Pence, as the leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Forceto coordinate a more coherent national response.
“I think there is a way to do this, win or lose,” Gottlieb told CNBC “Squawk Box.” “I think if the government loses the election, the vice president can do more to lead a national strategy to contain the coronavirus after the election is over. … It is not too late.”
The 7-day average of daily new coronavirus cases in the US is at an all-time high of more than 94,600, according to a CNBC analysis from the US state Hopkins data. In 43 states and Washington D.C. new cases of Covid-19 are increasing based on an average of seven days.
In 19 states, the 7-day average of patients currently hospitalized with Covid-19 has hit an all-time high, according to a CNBC analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project run by journalists at The Atlantic. According to the Covid Tracking Project, more than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus every day since Tuesday.
According to NBC News, Biden currently has 253 of the 270 votes required to win the presidency, compared to Trump’s 214. Gottlieb’s remarks came on Friday before Biden’s vote in Pennsylvania overtook Trump. A win for Biden in Pennsylvania by 20 votes would be enough to win the White House.
Unless Trump wins a second term, “they will hand over power against the backdrop of a really angry epidemic,” Gottlieb said. “I mean, we are going to peak this epidemic when the inauguration takes place, and that will not be a good background to win or lose, to have a change in administration, or to get that administration.” reinugured. “
Much of the Trump administration’s approach to the pandemic has relied on letting governors take the lead in outbreaks in their respective states. The president, who has overcome his own fight against Covid-19, has also routinely downplayed the severity of the virus, suggesting the country is “around the corner”.
Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff said in late October“We will not control the pandemic”. The addition of administration mainly focused on vaccine and other treatment development. Gottlieb, who said that a vaccine is widely used, is not going to happen until mid-2021stressed the need for a more coordinated response from the Trump administration in collaboration with local authorities.
“Your legacy will have an impact on what you are doing right now,” said Gottlieb. “While the background to the transfer of power is a national crisis of really significant proportions, because it will get worse before it gets better – and it could get significantly worse – I don’t think anyone would want to hand over power against that background. “
As of Friday noon, there were more than 9.6 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States, according to Hopkins. At least 235,071 people have died, most from every nation in the world.