The increase in coronavirus infections in young people is causing new outbreaks in some states, but he does not believe there will be a fourth "true" wave of the epidemic.
"What we are seeing are infections all over the country, especially among young people who have not been vaccinated and school-going children," Gottlieb said in an interview with "Face the Nation," which noted an increase in cases among school-going children in Michigan, Minnesota and Massachusetts.
"You see outbreaks in schools and infections in residential areas that have never been infected before, perhaps doing a better job of shelter, they are now out and about getting infected and getting infected," he continued. "Infection changes its appearance in terms of who is currently suffering from it."
Transcript: Dr. Scott Gottlieb in "Face the Nation"
As coronavirus cases rise in 27 counties and in the Colombian Region, public health officials are urging Americans to remain vigilant by following mitigation measures. But as the vaccine rate continues to accelerate - four million doses provided on Friday alone - and nearly 130 million Americans already have a COVID-19 contract, Gottlieb said the level of protection in the U.S. It must eradicate the fourth wave of the epidemic.
As of Saturday, more than 104 million Americans have received at least one dose of their coronavirus vaccine, while 59.8 million Americans have been completely vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"You have a place for about 200 million Americans who already have a place to defend themselves," he said. "I think there's enough protection in people that you won't see a fourth wave of infection."
While many young people are infected with COVID-19, Gottlieb said he does not believe that schools should close their doors to human learning, but instead should be made safer to fight the spread of the virus.
"I think we need to stick to tight cuts in schools, masked schools, schools that can do some kind of abolition, as one pathologist talked about this week, go 'full Harry Potter' and try to keep students within defined community groups so they don't come together in large groups," he said. he said. "If you take those steps in schools, I think schools can be made safer, and I think the benefits of being in school outweigh the risks. But we must know that schools are dangerous, children are at risk of infection and that schools can be places of community focus if we are not careful."
Coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for adults 18 and older, and Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 16 years. But Pfizer and Moderna have been testing their immunizations in children 12 years of age and older and are starting their gun treatment trials in young children.
Pfizer announced last week a study of 2,260 U.S. volunteers. Between the ages of 12 and 15, its vaccine has been found to be safe and 100% effective. Gottlieb is a member of Pfizer's board of directors.
Vaccination of children will be very important in opening schools and helping the US achieve its protection of the herd, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, senior medical adviser to President Biden, said on Friday he believed there would be enough information to safely vaccinate children of any age by the end of the year.
Gottlieb said he believed the FDA could approve the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use for children between the ages of 12 and 15 at a time to be available before the start of the school year, but warned it could take a long time before children under 12 were allowed to receive their firearms.
"I think we will be in a position to vaccinate 12 or more before the fall," he said. "I think a little bit of that would take a little longer because you'll want to test a lot of different doses to try to find the lowest dose that still gives a strong immune response to children."
Although public health officials warn Americans not to follow guidelines on the spread of coronavirus infections, families continue to go on spring vacation, and Security Forces have reported a number of airport tests.
Gottlieb urged health officials to issue a guide for the public to follow but said it was important to appeal.
"You don't want to go out of your way to do what you want and where you are in the community and what the community will do in the end and get involved and the direction is simply ignored.
However, Gottlieb stressed that the U.S. It is in a “very common” state with new species of circulating coronavirus.
"We don't want to be in a situation where we are exacerbating the epidemic because we were not aware of the steps we are currently taking," he said. "That means, people see that the risk is very low. As people are vaccinated, they feel less risk and also, depending on the vaccine. And then they are willing to start getting involved and postpone the full year. So we need to understand that and I think I'm giving guidance in such a way. they can go along with it, you know, their desires, that is, they want to see the family again. start having fun. They want to start moving slowly. "