Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world

But, but, but: Some countries — including South Africa, where scientists first identified the omicron variant — have enough doses, but are facing distribution challenges, said Scott Gottlieb, who was FDA commissioner under the Trump administration and is on Pfizer’s board.

“South Africa has told J&J and Pfizer — the two countries that are distributing vaccine there — to throttle shipments or stop shipments because they have an excess of vaccines,” Gottlieb said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “Of the 30 million doses Pfizer sent to South Africa, only 19 million have been used to date.”