Contrary to its health officials and other experts, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that a COVID-19 the vaccine would be available in October. He also said at least 100 million doses of the vaccine would be distributed in the U.S. by the end of the year.
Trump announced a few hours after Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, testified in the Senate Committee about the availability of a possible vaccine. Redfield told lawmakers that while the first respondents may have had limited access to November or December, the vaccine will not be “fully available to the American public” until at least.second or third quarter“2021
Mr Trump, who was questioned about Wednesday’s comments in a press release on Wednesday, said the CDC leader had “made a mistake” and was “upset”.
“I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Trump said. “It simply came to our notice then. I called him and he didn’t tell me that and I think he got the message maybe confused. Maybe it was incorrect. No, we are ready to apply immediately, because the vaccine has been announced and it may be announced in October, it may be announced shortly after October – but as soon as we go, we will be ready. ”
After Trump’s criticism, Redfield appears to have returned to his previous remarks a statement explaining his testimony – which he made under oath.
“At today’s meeting, Dr. Redfield answered a question that he felt was related to the period during which all Americans would have vaccinated COVID. Its evaluation was carried out by 2021. Second or third quarter. the period when COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available to all Americans, ”the report said.
Like CNN’s Daniel Dale pointed out, but the question asked by Redfield was very clear. He was asked when he thought, “We will have a vaccine … ready for the public”.
Other senior health officials and experts also indicated a longer period of vaccine availability and distribution than the president.
Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said:cautiously optimistic“That the vaccine may be available by the end of this year or early next year, but that it will be available in 2021 until most Americans are able to use it.
“Once we get, say, a vaccine that can be purchased at the end of the year, millions and tens of millions of doses will be available,” Fauci said. told WDIV-TV earlier this week. “Only when we get to 2021 will you have hundreds of millions of doses – and only the logistical constraints of vaccinating a lot of people. It will take months before enough people are vaccinated to have an umbrella of immunity in the community so you don’t have to worry about easy transmission. “
In a press release on Wednesday, Trump also objected to Redfield’s claim that masks may be even more effective against COVID-19 than the vaccine because not everyone who receives the vaccine will have the desired immune response.
Wearing a mask, Redfield told the Senate College, “If I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine won’t protect me. This face mask will be. “
Mr Trump said Redfield also “misunderstood” the case.
“When I called Robert, I told him,‘ What about masks? “He said, ‘I think I answered that question incorrectly,'” the president said.
Referring to zero evidence, Trump also suggested that by election day, which is seven weeks away, there would be “very few” COVID-19 cases.
The CDC said Wednesday that while new cases have declined in most states over the past week, the virus remains “widespread in many areas.” Six states, including Texas, Florida and California, have reported 10,000 new cases in the past seven days, the agency said.
In the same press release, Trump accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden of promoting “anti-vaccine theories.”
An accusation was later made Biden ‘s remarks earlier in the day when the presidential candidate said he trusted vaccines and scientists – “but I don’t trust Donald Trump.”
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