Public health specialists are reviving talks about a potential vaccine, as mass protests following the death of George Floyd while under police control continue in many US cities.
White House health consultant Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday said he was concerned about the “durability” of a potential coronavirus vaccine, adding that there was a chance it could not provide long-term immunity. And former Food and Drug Commissioner Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC Wednesday that any effective vaccine is likely to be seasonal.
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- World cases: Over 6.4 million
- Global deaths: At least 380,764
- United States cases: Over 1.83 million
- United States Deaths: At least 106,181
The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The vaccine will be ‘seasonal,’ “Dr. Scott Gottlieb
7:32 a.m. – Any coronavirus vaccine that proves to be safe and effective can still provide immunity for a limited time, perhaps “up to a year,” former Food and Drug Commissioner Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
His comments came after White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday he is concerned about the “durability” of a potential coronavirus vaccine, saying there is a chance it may not provide long-term immunity.
“This is probably going to be a seasonal vaccine,” Gottlieb said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “This is probably a vaccine that we will need to bring every year. Dr. Fauci is right, immunity will not be long in the form of a smallpox vaccine or a polio vaccine where you got the vaccine once and you ‘re protected for the rest of your life or most of your life. “
Eventually, people may be asked to get the coronavirus vaccine annually along with the flu vaccine, Gottlieb said. -Will Feuer
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a contributor to CNBC and a member of the Pfizer boards and biotech company Illumina.
Sweden ‘could do better’ in dealing with the outbreak, the chief epidemiologist admitted
People enjoy themselves at an outdoor restaruant, amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in central Stockholm, Sweden, on April 20, 2020.
7:02 a.m. – Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, who has developed a no-lock strategy to fight the coronavirus crisis, has confirmed that more must be done to address the epidemic.
“Yes, I think we can do better than we did in Sweden, obviously,” Anders Tegnell, state epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency, told radio in Sweden, according to a Reuters report.
“If we run into the same disease, knowing exactly what we know about it, I think we will end up doing something between what Sweden did and what the whole world has done,” he said.
Unlike most of Europe, Sweden has decided against implementing a full lock-down of businesses and schools when the coronavirus began to spread in Europe in March, choosing instead to be weaker, internal steps. –Holly Ellyatt
Spain is reopening some tourism June 22
Participants run in front of Fuente Ymbro’s bulls at the fourth ‘bull’ run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 10, 2015.
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