Former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that the idea of getting 20 million vaccinations administered by the end of the year is probably unrealistic at this point, when asked what he thought about the pace of Covid-19 vaccination by CBS’s Margaret Brennan.
On Saturday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 9,547,925 vaccine doses had been distributed and 1,944,585 had been administered.
“The pace is slower than what was stated, I think it’s probably realistic to think that the pace is going to be a little bit slower, especially as we try to move through hard to vaccinate populations next month,” Gottlieb said on CBS’s Face The Nation.
Gottlieb said that he suspected more than a million people have been vaccinated and that there is a lag in reporting, “but the idea that we’re going to get 20 million vaccinations by the end of the year, that’s probably unrealistic at this point.”
Gottlieb said to remember that this was after only about 45% of vaccines were shipped to states.
“I think they’ll get up and running and get better systems in place to distribute these vaccines more efficiently, I think they’re going to turn to CVS and Walgreens to start distributing them in the community and that’s a pretty big footprint,” he said. “But again, as you get out into the community and try to vaccinate a harder to reach population, it’s going to become significantly more difficult to get those vaccines out.”
The fact that there was a struggle to vaccinate health care workers and nursing home patients, “that shows we need to be investing more in these efforts,” Gottlieb said.