Former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb predicted on Friday that New York and Connecticut, will experience another jump in Covid cases tied to the highly transmissible delta variant.
“I think there’s sort of a perception that we’re sort of through this delta wave here in the Northeast because we’ve seen delta cases go up and go down in places like the New York metropolitan region. We’re also seeing [test] positive come down,” Gottlieb said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“I don’t think that that was the true delta wave. I think that that was a delta warning. I think our true delta wave is going to start to build after Labor Day here in the Northeast and the northern part of the country,” added Gottlieb.
Gottlieb said he believes Labor Day weekend gatherings and kids returning to school will serve as “incubators for spread,” in the Northeast.
“Now whether we see a wave of infection as dense and severe as the South, I don’t think that’s going to be the case because we have a lot more vaccination; we’ve had a lot of prior infection, which we also know is protective,” said Gottlieb. “But we will probably see a build in cases here in the Northeast. I don’t think that we’re done with this.”