Gottlieb went on to explain his approach “Squawk Box” after the co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked the former FDA chief his thoughts on indoor game data for kids when their parents are fully vaccinated.
“I’m reintroducing activities with my children, but hopefully I’ll do it in a prudent way, while still keeping the social network somewhat defined. I pay attention to how many people they interact with and who they interact with,” said Gottlieb, who headed the Food and Drug Administration in the Trump Administration from 2017 to 2019. He is now on the board of directors PfizerThis means that one of the three Covid vaccines for emergencies is approved in the USA.
“For example, many of their dates were with children in their class,” said Gottlieb. “Why? Because this is your social capsule. You are already exposed to that social capsule, so we try to keep the interactions within that defined capsule.”
None of the vaccines used in the US are yet approved for young children.
Johnson & JohnsonSingle-shot vaccine and ModernaThe two-dose vaccine received limited release in humans 18 years and older. In contrast, the FDA allowed Pfizer’s two-shot vaccine to be given to humans from 16 years.
All three drug manufacturers are testing the vaccine in children, although clinical trials are at different stages and studying different age groups.
Pfizer said Wednesday his vaccine was up 100% effective in adolescents aged 12-15, and Gottlieb then told CNBC that he hopes it could be emergency cleared by the FDA for this cohort of children by the fall when school resumes.
Experts say vaccination of children is necessary for the US to achieve what is known as herd immunity. This is the point where enough people in a population have antibodies to fight the virus against vaccines or previous infections, greatly reducing its spread.
“Children are clearly less susceptible to the infection, but less susceptible does not mean that they are not susceptible, and we are seeing some children contract the coronavirus,” said Gottlieb.
Currently, some adults are wondering how to see the risk to their children as more and more adults are vaccinated and comfortable returning to activities they avoided earlier in the pandemic – such as traveling, eating around the house and friends and family.
“The vaccinated parents reduce the risk of the children suffering from the infection … because many of the infections we see in contact tracing are actually children who are infected by their parents, not children who are infected in school “, so Gottlieb said. “If you interact with families where the adults were vaccinated, the children are less likely to get the infection.”
Gottlieb stressed, however, that even vaccinated Americans should keep in mind that the pandemic, which has been going on for more than a year, is not over yet. For example, he said, a person who has received a Covid shot should still wear a mask around a person at risk who has not been vaccinated.
“People who are vaccinated may feel that they are far less likely to get seriously ill,” he said. “They are less likely to get the infection and less likely to transmit the infection. … But when you are around vulnerable people, chances are you are asymptomatic and the virus and that Shedding Virus Spread the virus to this vulnerable person. “
– – CNBCs Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC employee and a member of the boards of directors of Pfizer, the genetic testing startup Tempus, the healthcare technology company Aetion Inc., and the biotech company Illumina. He also serves as co-chair of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings‘ and royal caribbean“Healthy sailing panel”.