A former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said Sunday that widespread COVID-19 regulations are no longer needed in some locations in the United States. He used San Francisco as an example of a city to abolish it.



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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who was FDA commissioner from 2017 to 2019, joined Face the Nation to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. He told CBS’s John Dickerson that some places across the country no longer require full regulations.

According to @ScottGottliebMD, COVID restrictions should be lifted in some major American cities. “They look at San Francisco, 20 cases a day, more than 70% of the population vaccinated, very good tests available – they no longer need mask prescriptions indoors, especially not outdoors. pic.twitter.com/pB6zb8kBFA

– Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 9, 2021

“I think we have to start lifting these things when the situation improves and also show that we can, and we keep our integrity and our ability to do these things again if we have to,” said Gottlieb . “The public must have confidence that health officials will lift these restrictions as soon as we put them in place if conditions improve.”

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Gottlieb said he believes the measures are part of what is currently holding back the country’s economy.

“People don’t go back to work, not just because of these benefits,” he added. “I know it has been talked about a lot, but also because they are told that they have to wear masks and still take precautions that you probably don’t have to do in many parts of this country.”

He then used San Francisco as an example.

“You look at San Francisco, 20 cases a day, more than 70% of the population vaccinated, very good tests available – you no longer need mask prescriptions indoors and certainly not outdoors,” said Gottlieb.

He mentioned that he believes the country will have to be happy with COVID-19 again this winter, but said that public health measures based on proliferation measures can be reactively reintroduced.

San Francisco moved to the least restrictive COVID-19 reopening tier in California on Tuesday.

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