Former Food and Drug Administration chief said Wednesday the federal mask’s obligation to planes and other public transport if the United States is not fighting the COVID-19 surge caused by the highly contagious Omicron subvariant BA.2. Was predicted to be released.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who ran the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, expects President Biden’s mask mission to federal public transport to be lifted when it expires on April 18. Said.
“If we weren’t caught up in another wave of BA.2 infections in mid-April, I think they would be willing to lift it,” Gottlieb said. Told CNBC“I think the uncertainty around it is that the infection is starting to creep in. If it level off to some extent in the next few weeks, that may be the case, but the administration is willing to do it. I think it will be released. “
The Biden administration seems to be “late” by the April 18 deadline, Gottlieb said. After extending the deadline earlier this month based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, the move means that Americans need to cover the faces of planes, trains, and buses. The same goes for the inside of public transport, at least until the middle of next month.
Gottlieb said he agreed to lift the mandate if the BA.2 omicron submutant detected in dozens of countries wasn’t rampant in the United States.
“In my view, that requirement for airlines needs to be lifted,” Gottlieb said. Said to the outlet..
However, if the infection continues to increase in early April, the mission is likely to be extended, Gottlieb reiterated.
“They will have a hard time unlocking it and will probably start it in another month,” Gottlieb said. It will be — I think it’s very difficult to lift it in such a background, so I’ll probably extend it by a month. “
Infections in the United States are on the rise, but not in a dramatic surge, but are beginning to decline in Western Europe, Gottlieb said. Perhaps it marks a bright day in the ongoing pandemic battle.
“Therefore, this wave of BA.2 we expected could be a short wave. It wouldn’t be a big wave of infection. Against such a background, they lifted it. I think we can continue, “said Gottlieb Federal Mask’s mission.
Meanwhile, the CEOs of major U.S. airlines called on President Biden to drop “obsolete” mask requirements on planes and airports in a public letter last week, as hospitalization and mortality rates are steadily declining. Insisted that it no longer makes sense.
As of Sunday, at least 974,277 COVID-19 deaths have been aggregated in the United States, according to CDC data. With approximately 65.5% of Americans being fully vaccinated, the average number of cases per day is 27,594, down from 806,345 in mid-January. show.