Andy digs into the latest science behind Omicron with former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. They discuss what we know about the origin of Omicron, how it’s likely to play out in the US, and if we’ll need an Omicron-specific vaccine. It’s still early, but Andy and Scott have you covered with the most up-to-date information out there about this new variant and the risk it poses.
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Check out these resources from today’s episode:
Watch Dr. Fauci’s full interview about Omicron on State of the Nation: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/05/fauci-full-12-5.cnn
Learn more about the Omicron outbreak in Tshwane, South Africa, as mentioned by Scott: https://www.samrc.ac.za/news/tshwane-district-omicron-variant-patient-profile-early-features
Read more on the coming oral antivirals from Merck and Pfizer and what they mean with Omicron looming: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/07/science/merck-pfizer-covid-pill-treatment.html
Check out Scott’s book, Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/uncontrolled-spread-scott-gottlieb?variant=39344420356130
Find a COVID-19 vaccine site near you: https://www.vaccines.gov/
Order Andy’s book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250770165
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