U.S. has now administered 11 million vaccine doses


Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned of a potentially dire spring and summer without protective immunity as Ohio State researchers found a new Covid strain in the U.S. with mutations that scientists haven’t seen before.

“If we can’t get more protective immunity into the population, we could be facing a situation where we have, sort of, a perpetual infection heading into the spring and summer as these variants get a foothold here,” said the former FDA chief in the Trump administration in an interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”

The U.S. has had a slow vaccine rollout, and distributed 30.6 million vaccines and put 11 million of those into people’s arms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gottlieb warned that the variants could transform what could have been a relatively quiet spring and summer, into “a summer where we have more infection because these variants are now circulating and they spread more easily, even in the warm months, when we really shouldn’t have had a lot of coronavirus spreading.”