HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Ned Lamont held a news conference Thursday afternoon on the state’s COVID-19 response efforts.
The state’s daily COVID positivity rate dropped to 13.29% Thursday, while hospitalizations continue to decline, down 72 since Wednesday.
He was joined by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who said as we get into February, we will have a better picture of what the overall outlook is.
In addition to the leading indicators improving very quickly, Gottlieb said we might be seeing the last major wave of infection.
“I think there is a conventional wisdom right now forming even among the people who cautioned me that Delta wouldn’t be the last major variant and that this variant had the capacity to mutate and surprise us, now there seems to be more of a consensus building that this omicron wave might be the last major wave of infection,” Gottlieb said.
Gottlieb said we should see the vaccines reformulated. He said both Pfizer and Moderna are working on omicron specific vaccines, one that not only provides protection from symptomatic and severe disease that we are seeing with the current vaccine but one that can be an effective tool against preventing transmission.