WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently a board member at Pfizer. He says declining Covid-19 cases are a sign to policymakers that it is time to lift pandemic-related restrictions.
“I think certainly on the east coast where you see cases declining dramatically we need to be willing to lean in and do that very soon I think as conditions improve we have to be willing to relax some of these measures with the same speed that we put them in place,” said Gottlieb in a public statement on Monday.
The former FDA commissioner also cited the Connecticut government’s recent decision to rescind vaccine mandates for state workers as a policy that should be adopted elsewhere nationwide.
Gottlieb’s signal for COVID-19 restrictions to be dropped comes as the overall infection rate in the U. S. goes down. And more and more European countries have taken action to remove restrictions related to Covid-19. As an example, residents of the United Kingdom no longer are required to wear masks or show vaccination proof.
However, Gottlieb’s suggestion falls in sharp contrast to those of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who says additional Covid variants may occur.