As President Biden sets a new goal of 1.5 million vaccines a day despite the demand exceeding the supply, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Michael Osterholm, joins Stephanie Ruhle to explain why he is “not at all optimistic” about the upcoming months. Aired on 01/26/2021. – Source: Youtube
MSNBC: YOUR THOUGHT ON THE TREND LINES, WE’RE SEEING MORE NUMBERS SOUND LIKE THINGS ARE PLATEAUING. ARE YOU FEELING OPTIMISTIC?
DR OSTERHOLM: NOT AT ALL. I THINK THE VERY WORST OF THE PANDEMIC IS YET BEFORE US. THESE NEW VARIANTS ARE GOING TO BE A HUGE CHALLENGE. DON’T FORGET THAT WHEN WE WERE IN APRIL AND WE HAD 32,000 CASES AND WE THOUGHT THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, COULDN’T GET WORSE, GOT DOWN TO 20,000, SUDDENLY IN JULY WE’RE AT 70,000, COMES BACK DOWN ON LABOR DAY TO 26,000. SUDDENLY WE GET TO 200,000. COMES BACK DOWN TO 150,000 AND SUDDENLY 300,000. EVERY DAY WE HAVE A SHIFTING BASELINE. WHAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW I THINK IS BASICALLY THAT DIP THAT’S GOING TO OCCUR BEFORE THE HUGE SURGE.
- Infectious Disease Expert Warns Next 6 To 14 Weeks May Be ‘Darkest’ Of COVID-19 Pandemic. “The very worst of the pandemic is yet before us,” warned Michael Osterholm, citing new variants of the coronavirus as of primary concern.