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Gottlieb: Vaccines against specific COVID variants may not work with others

WASHINGTON, DC - October 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding efforts to link state to fight the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers on the committee threatened to subpoena information from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding their delayed responses to how drug distributors dumped millions of pills pain relief into West Virginia. (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, then a commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testified during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding federal efforts to fighting the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

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UPDATE 9:30 AM PT – Monday, December 6, 2021

According to former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, specific variant vaccines may not work against new variants of COVID. In one interview Sunday, he said there was reason to believe that the developed vaccine would not work well with the full composition of the different variants.

“When Omicron could become a threat in the United States, the absolute risk from it right now is very low,” noted Gottlieb. “Many people will still be infected with Delta and may find that delta’s natural immunity does not protect well against Omicron.”

This comes as cases of Omicron disease have reached at least 15 states in the US and the CDC announced that FDA officials are in urgent talks to authorize an Omicron-specific vaccine.

“So the question right now is whether this re-infects people who are already Delta immune and unvaccinated, or whether it infects vaccinated people. ,” Gottlieb said. “There is some reason to believe that vaccines may provide better protection than immunity acquired through natural infection from Delta. That will be an important question we need to figure out in the coming weeks as we have a number of important policy decisions to make, depending on the answer. ”

Meanwhile, CDC Director Rachelle Walensky said conversations are still ongoing and the number of possible Omicron cases will increase.

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