In the interview on Tuesday on CNBCs “Quäkkiste”, The former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration admitted that some people might think that antibodies produced by the disease offer adequate protection against future infections or diseases and therefore forego Covid vaccination.
The reason for still getting a vaccine is “twofold,” said Gottlieb, who sits on the vaccine’s board of directors Pfizer.
“First, we believe the vaccine will provide more permanent and broader immunity so it will better protect you from the variants,” he said, alluding to the highly transmissible Delta strain that is causing concern among public health officials.
“Second, if you’ve been infected before, and even if you get a single dose of the vaccine – forget to get both doses of the vaccine, just a single dose of the vaccine – you get a very robust immune response,” said Gottlieb.
Pfizer’s vaccine requires two vaccinations for full immune protection, as does Moderns. Johnson & Johnson makes a single dose vaccination. These are the only three vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States.
“It is, so to speak, the best of both worlds if you have previously been infected and vaccinated,” said Gottlieb, who headed the FDA from 2017 to 2019 in the Trump administration. “At least one dose gives you broad, very deep, very lasting immunity based on the data we’ve seen so far. So there are still many compelling reasons why you might want to get vaccinated, even if you’ve been infected before. “
More than 157 million people in the US, or 47.4% of the population, are fully vaccinated against Covid. according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 182.4 million people, or nearly 55% of the population, received at least one dose.
After an aggressive push this spring to deliver the Covid shots to the Americans, Recording speed slowed down. In response, state and local officials – and businesses too – various advertising campaigns started Promote vaccination.
The increasing presence of the Delta variant both in the USA and worldwide, adds urgency calls for more people to be vaccinated. The variant first discovered in India has been shown to make the vaccines a little less effective, but above all protect against serious illnesses.
“We expect increased transmission in these communities unless we can vaccinate more people,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Thursday, referring to the roughly 1,000 US states with low vaccination rates.
“Preliminary data for the past six months suggests 99.5% of deaths from Covid-19 in the states have occurred in unvaccinated people,” she added. “The suffering and loss we are experiencing now are almost entirely avoidable.”
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC employee and a member of the board of directors of Pfizer, genetic testing startup Tempus, health technology company Aetion Inc., and biotechnology company Illumina. He is also co-chair of the Healthy Sail Panel of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean.