COVID: Why Delta coronavirus wave might be last major wave of infection

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The current wave of Covid-19 cases driven by the Delta coronavirus variant has the potential to be the country's last major wave of infection — but it's far from over, and even en…
(CNN) — The current wave of Covid-19 cases driven by the Delta coronavirus variant has the potential to be the country's last major wave of infection — but it's far from over, and even endemic Covid will pose problems, a former Food and Drug Administration chief said.

"I think this Delta wave may be the last major wave of infection, assuming nothing unexpected happens, (such as getting) a variant that pierces the immunity offered by prior infection (and) by vaccination," former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNN Thursday.

"So, assuming that doesn't happen, and I think it's unlikely, this will be the last major wave of infection, and this becomes a more persistent, endemic risk," he said.

Current vaccinations and immunity from infection help prop this possibility. Still, he says, vaccination rates need to get "higher if we want to create a backstop against the kind of spread that we've seen this past summer."

He pointed to CDC data showing 76.7% of adults having received at least one vaccine dose. "We really need to get to around 80% to 85% to have enough vaccination in the population that you start to see case rates decline and the velocity of spread start to slow," Gottlieb said.

Though national daily cases are inching downward for over a week, the overall Delta-influenced wave isn't done and cases still may spike — especially as colder weather approaches, and especially in regions like the Northeast that haven't been as hard hit as other places, he said.

"I think we're going to see infections start to pick up here (in the Northeast), as well, as kids go back to school, schools become sources of community transmission, and people start to go back to work and the weather gets cold," Gottlieb said.

"I think we're still going to have a lit of cases this winter. … It likes to spread in the cold weather," he said.

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