Home NewsMax Former FDA Commissioner: US Travel Restrictions Over New COVID Strain ‘Counterproductive’

Former FDA Commissioner: US Travel Restrictions Over New COVID Strain ‘Counterproductive’


Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the new U.S. restrictions on travel from eight southern African countries over concerns about a new COVID-19 variant found in South Africa are “counterproductive in [the] short and long run” and hurt “current containment efforts, discouraging future sharing.”

Gottlieb further added that there’s “too much we don’t know to impose economically, socially ruinous policies on SA and other nations. Ready, fire, aim is not prudent public health policy. Vaccine, testing requirements for incoming travelers could be prudent. Outright travel bans can hurt more than help.”

The U.S. on Friday announced the restrictions “as a precautionary measure” after the World Health Organization named Omicron, B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern “because it has some concerning properties,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said in a video published on Twitter.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, and some of these mutations have some worrying characteristics.”

President Joe Biden said the new restrictions will take effect on Nov. 29

“As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises,” he said.

An administration official told Reuters the restrictions are being “implemented out of an abundance of caution in light of a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Southern Africa.”

The United States only lifted travel restrictions on South Africa on Nov. 8.

A second administration official said the restrictions are expected to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EST Monday and came after a high-level administration meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the issue. The United States could add countries to the restriction list if the variant spreads, the official said.

The eight countries include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


  1. ● PART TIME JOBS▬▬▬▬▬ ● My last salary was $ 3,500 for working 12 hours a week online. My sister’s friend has been averaging $ 8,0000 for several months now, and she works about 30 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was when I tried it. The potential with it is endless. That’s what I do check this site >>> …..www.live124.com

  2. I started earning $350/hour in my free time by completing tasks with my laptop that i got from this company I stumbled upon online…Check it out, and start earning yourself . for more info visit any tab this site Thanks a lot Here ……….. http://www.smartpay1.com

  3. My last pay check was $8750 just ecom working 12 hours for every week. My neighbor have found the estimation of $15k for a long time and she works around 20 hours for seven days. I can not trust how direct it was once I tried it information…….. http://www.pays11.com

  4. I am now making extra $19k or more every month from home by doing very simple and easy job online from home. I have received exactly $20845 last month from this home job. Join now this job and start making extra cash online by follow instruction on the given website……… http://www.NetPro2.com


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here