WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- US epidemiologist, Dr. Michael Osterholm, says the next few months are going to be “the darkest of the entire pandemic.”
- Osterholm said that though drugmakers are making progress to develop the vaccine, it won’t be significantly available until next year.
- Osterholm predicted that the number of daily cases in the US would be “much, much larger than even the 67,000 to 75,000.”
If we thought the numbers for the COVID-pandemic were already bad, a leading US infectious disease expert said that “the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic.”
Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, that though vaccines and therapeutics are soon to appear, they won’t be “available in any meaningful way until early to the third quarter of next year.”
Drugmakers have made a rare joint pledge to ensure the safe development of the vaccine as many are concerned that the COVID-19 vaccine is being rushed because of political reasons.
That doesn’t bode well at all for the next three months leading up to the holidays. Osterholm is just one of the many experts that have been warning for months that the winter and fall months would only cause the COVID-19 pandemic to worsen. He expects that the number of daily cases is going to blow up from even the 67,000 to 75,000 cases.
Sunday, Osterholm said that even when the vaccine does get released, “half of the US population, at this point, is skeptical of even taking the vaccine.” He says that the problem lies in “messaging.”
He cited the lack of a “lead” voice that can guide Americans during the pandemic and “bring people together to understand”, like in an FDR fireside chat approach.
Johns Hopkins University says that as of Sunday, the US has over 8.1 million COVID-19 cases and at least 219,000 deaths.
Source: Business Insider