COVID will end up in the United States sooner than you think

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After nearly two years, the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is finally within reach in the United States. This according to former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb. During an appearance on Friday on CNBC’s morning show Squeak box, Gottlieb shared his prediction for when COVID will end here. That is to say, when the pandemic ends and the health crisis moves into an endemic phase more similar to that of the flu.

His answer? Somewhere in January. This is because the Biden administration’s vaccine requirements for companies with at least 100 employees will go into effect January 4. Meanwhile, regulators in recent days have finally given the green light for COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11. So Friday, President Biden said the United States has secured millions of doses of Pfizer’s new antiviral pill that could be used to treat COVID-19. Experimental therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization or death by 89% in high-risk adults exposed to the virus. according to Pfizer.

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The latest figures for the United States show that more than 751,000 Americans have died since the outbreak of the pandemic. To put that into perspective, they are more dead than in any war the United States has fought. Indeed, it will be a milestone of historical proportions to finally be able to put this pandemic behind us.

One of the main reasons for Gottlieb’s optimism stems in part from the employer’s vaccination mandate. Details that the Biden administration has finally shared in recent days.

In tandem with the expiration of the vaccine, companies must also begin enforcing an interior mask mandate for unvaccinated employees. The start date is December 5th. Employees subject to this mask requirement must also begin presenting weekly negative COVID tests after January 4 to enter their workplace as well. Exceptions include people who work exclusively outdoors.

Mandates, COVID pill, vaccine for children

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A doctor is shown holding a syringe and a vial of medication. Image source: Alernon77 / Adobe

Speaking of the Pfizer pill, meanwhile, Gottlieb added: “When you have such effective therapies, this can be supportive for people for whom vaccines don’t work, people who have breakthrough infections – there are pills being taken out. I study in that environment, ”Gottlieb said. “It really is a support against the death and disease caused by this infection.”

Speaking of death and disease? The latest data shows that the average daily cases of COVID are still in the range of 70,000 or more in the United States. Some hospitals in some parts of the country they are still crushed and more than 1,000 Americans die from COVID every day.

However, more than 222 million Americans (nearly 70% of the country) now have at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. The hope is that all of these things working together – drugs in development, vaccines for children and an employer’s mandate – will quickly put an end to this crisis.

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