MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Could the Delta variant be the last sweeping wave of COVID-19 in the nation? That’s the prediction from a former FDA commissioner.
“You’re going to see the Delta variant course its way through different parts of the country now that said, this is probably the last major wave of infection to sweep the nation,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner.READ MORE: Parkland Activist Dad Fred Guttenberg Joins Anti-Gun Group
The U.S. is still battling the delta variant and will likely continue to into the winter.
The variant is well known for how transmissible it’s been, which has further emphasizing the push for vaccines.
“There is as possibility that he may be right, and I certainly hope so there’s still ample places where new variants can form and recombine,” said Infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty from Florida International University.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Public Schools Could Ease Mask Mandate By End Of Month
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows just over 75%t of adults in the country have received at least one dose, but Dr. Gottlieb said that needs to be in the 80-85% range to really see cases go down.
“What keeps me up at night is the possibility of a recombinant of the delta variant and something like the beta variant or the mu variant,” said Dr. Marty.
For some confusion also lingers about vaccinations for those who have already had COVID-19 and have antibodies.
Dr. Marty said those folks still need a vaccine as some antibodies made by the natural infection can do more harm than good.MORE NEWS: 'Ultimate World Cruise' To Depart From PortMiami In 2023
“They can actually cause disease, that’s why some people end up with long COVID symptoms, that’s part of the spectrum – the formation of antibodies that harm you because your body as trying to make antibodies to help you but didn’t know where to attack the virus,” said Dr. Marty.