Former FDA Head Says Delta Will Infect ‘Majority’ Of Unvaccinated Americans—And May Be ‘Most Serious Virus’ In Their Lifetime

By Jemima McEvoy | Forbes | July 18, 2021

TOPLINE

With hospitalizations already surging nationwide, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former chief of the Food and Drug Administration, offered a dire warning for unvaccinated Americans on Sunday, saying “a majority” of those who haven’t had Covid-19 before will likely become infected by the delta variant, which could end up being one of the most serious viruses they face in their lifetime.

KEY FACTS

Gottlieb, who served as the FDA commissioner for two years under former President Donald Trump, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” the delta variant is “so contagious” it will infect most unvaccinated people.

“The bottom line is that many people are no longer susceptible to Covid,” Gottlieb said, outlining that nearly 50% of Americans have been fully vaccinated and another third of the population is estimated to have contracted the virus before.

But even if it is just 25% of the country or less that remains at risk, that is still a “lot of people” in “absolute terms,” Gottlieb stressed.

The former FDA head also emphasized that for many who are infected with the delta variant, “it is going to be the most serious virus they will get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital.”