According to Dr. Scott Gottlieb — former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner for President Donald Trump — the United States will be facing a strenuous fall and winter with COVID-19. President Donald Trump said during his rally on Saturday, the nation is “rounding the turn” on the coronavirus even without a vaccine. “I think we have at least one more cycle with this virus heading into the fall and winter,” Gottlieb said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He added, “If you look what’s happening around the country right now, there’s an unmistakable spike in new infections, and you’re also seeing declines in hospitalizations that we were achieving starting to level off. I would expect them to start going up again as well.” Check out his remarks below: #COVID LOOKAHEAD: “I think we have at least one more cycle with this virus, heading into the fall and winter,” @ScottGottliebMD tells @margbrennan, highlighting an increase in infections in various states heading into the new season pic.twitter.com/6gJiwOcKUs — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 20, 2020 Gottlieb noted there are around 15 states with a positivity rate of 10% or higher, which is “deeply concerning.” About 30 states have a rate of transfer of above one which indicates an “expanding epidemic.” “Right now we’re seeing a resurgence of infection. Now, whether or not that’s a post labor day bump and will start to level off or this is the beginning of a resurgence heading into the fall and the winter,” Gottlieb said. He continued, “It’s unclear, but I’m deeply concerned that as we head into the fall and the winter, this is a season where a respiratory pathogen like coronavirus wants to spread, and so there’s a lot of risk heading into this season.” The president predicted during his press briefing on Friday Americans will have widespread access to a coronavirus vaccine by April, as IJR previously reported. Over the past week, there has been an average of 40,668 cases per day, which remains the same as the average two weeks prior. On Saturday, the United States reported at least 672 new coronavirus related deaths and 41,844 new cases.
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb believes that top U.S. health officials did not provide White House officials with accurate information about COVID-19 in the early days of the outbreak. In the wake of a new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, which found that President Donald Trump sought to downplay the threat of COVID-19, Gottlieb was asked if White House officials were given wrong information about the virus. “I think in this respect, the White House leadership was failed by health officials,” Gottlieb said during an appearance on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” He continued, “We did not have a diagnostic in the field, so we couldn’t screen for it — we should have. We should have started working on that in January. And we over-relied on a surveillance system that was built for flu and not for coronavirus without recognizing that it wasn’t going to be as sensitive at detecting coronavirus spread as it was for flu because the two viruses spread very differently.” Gottlieb continued to say that people can debate whether Trump was responsible for that failure because he appointed may of those officials. However, he added, “I think ultimately the White House did not have the information they needed to make decisions. The key function of agencies in the government is to provide policymakers with accurate, actionable information. The White House didn’t have it.” Watch the video below: NEWS: @ScottGottliebMD on the Trump Administration’s early #Covid19 response: “White House leadership was failed by health officials""The White House didn't have the information they need to make decisions." pic.twitter.com/zxkMjq631O — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 13, 2020 Additionally, he said that in February, he had conversations with White House officials, and they were confident, based on the information they had received from top health officials, that the virus was not spreading in the country. “I think when history looks back, that’s going to be a key moment,” he added. In an interview with Woodward in February, Trump said the virus was able to spread through the air and that it was “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.” However, Gottlieb suggested that Trump downplayed the virus based on the information he received from top health experts. “What CDC officials were relying on, and telling the coronavirus task force, was that there was no spread of the coronavirus in the United States in February,” Gottlieb said. .@ScottGottliebMD weighs in after revelations that @realDonaldTrump downplayed #COVID19"We had no idea where this was and wasn't spreading..I suspect the president was being told as well this virus wasn't spreading in the U.S…that may have impacted what he did and didn't say" pic.twitter.com/SXZ5pO0eYa — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 13, 2020 He continued, “I suspect the president was being told as well that this virus wasn’t spreading in the United States. And that may have impacted what he did and didn’t say, and his willingness to, you know as he said, talk it down a little bit. Because he was of the perception that this was not spreading here in the United States.”