Former CDC Director Dr. Besser: ‘This is the most dangerous period of the pandemic’

Dr. Richard Besser, former acting CDC director, on vaccine developments, CDC quarantine guidelines, and why we can’t let down our guard.
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Transcript for Former CDC Director Dr. Besser: ‘This is the most dangerous period of the pandemic’
Joining us now former CDC director doctor Richard passer doctor B thanks so much for your time tonight so explain this software is only thankfully hear good news about the vaccine quite frequently now but we could be months out of line for the average American are you worried that Americans might not actually rush out to get vaccinated once they finally do get the opportunity to get it does especially given that the FDA which is now looking at these vaccines previously issued an emergency authorization for high trucks at Clark Quinn. Only to later revoking. Well I'm. I'm worried about two things Lindsay when it comes to the vaccine one is that we could have safe and effective vaccines. And not enough people want to get those polling in terms of trust around us is extremely low. A lot have need to do with how much politics is gone into the approval process for drug city. The other thing though that really concerns me is that there's been so much exciting news about vaccines. Is that many people may get them do the misunderstanding. That we no longer need to do those things. That we know will control this kind emigrate now and that's wearing masks social distancing hand washing. Looking to limit your indoor exposure to to other people this is the most dangerous tutored opinion pandemic right now India as we go into winter when respiratory viruses do so incredibly well. And we saw your former colleagues at the CDC come out today with vaccine recommendations. For state and local officials in your mind what should be the role of the federal government in these difficult decisions about. Who gets access the vexing first. Well I I think the rule of the federal government is is to make recommendations. Did the advisory committee on immunization practices that they came out today with a recommendation on on health care workers. And and residents of long term care facilities. That gives a national approach and how states will have to take their allegations they can within our individual state how are we gonna divvied out. So often during this pandemic we haven't had a national standard that idea against which Allstate's and operated. As a pediatrician. You know I always look in the CDC and the AGIP this committee have to give us recommendations around flu vaccine around whooping cough vaccine all of the immunizations that we give to did to children we give to adults. The recommendations come from this committee. And highly the CDC reduced as you know has quarantined guidelines today for those possible exposures bunch had a negative test has seven days in ten days without a test with record cases and hospitalizations surging do you think that this decision was based on sound science and if so would you say that this is also an admission then that many Americans were turning their lives upside down. -- days at a time when they really didn't need to. Well I think Gary if you look at tail what happens attended twelve days or ten to fourteen days and Syria that's a period where yes it is still possible for someone who's been exposed to be to develop symptoms and becoming. The ability to transfer to other people. But it gets much smaller. It's also a recognition I think and it's a sad recognition date congress has not given people the resources they need. To be able to quarantine to be able to isolate and not lose their jobs not go to the idea that you're gonna stay home two weeks. In Abiola put food on the table or pay rent. I'm that is unconscionable and if congress doesn't put boot their dollars out there. Where is he fewer and fewer people willing to say the contact Rick willing to do those things to do to reduce transmission. Doctor Richard Dresser thanks as always for your time. Takes losing.

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