President Donald Trump told the White House on Friday that the administration expects to have enough coronavirus vaccine for the entire country by April – although no company has yet announced that it has undergone clinical trials.
Trump’s comment comes after he said earlier this week that a “few weeks” vaccine may be available.
On Friday, he used a different measurement: when there would be enough mass vaccine to deliver to the nation.
“Hundreds of millions of doses will be available each month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April,” the White House president said.
“Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April,” President Donald Trump told a news conference Friday.
“In a short time we will have a safe and effective vaccine and we will beat the virus,” he said.
Critics have accused Trump of seeking to politicize the virus, repeatedly claiming that someone may be available before the election.
“Everything looks very good,” Trump said of the top three variants being tested.
Trump said the vaccine would not only save millions of lives, but would “end the restrictions and some of the things that continue and must continue in the meantime.”
Trump’s adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas also explained the progress and said there would be $ 100 million in installments by the end of the year
On Friday, Trump used the vaccine as a club to attack Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
He accused Biden of being an “anti-vaccine”, although Biden said he wanted to listen to government scientists and would get one if infectious disease specialist Dr Anthony Fauci gave it a go.
“Theories against Joe Biden’s vaccine are endangering many lives,” he said.
“And they only do it for political reasons. “It’s part of their war to try and discredit the vaccine. Now that they know we have it, we’re going to announce it soon enough,” Trump told Democrats.
He called it “historic progress” and said “there has never been such a thing in our history, there has never been in history, in world history.”
“I do not trust the president for vaccines,” Biden told CNN City Hall on Thursday. I trust Dr. Fauci. If Fauci says a vaccine is safe, I would get the vaccine. We need to listen to the scientists, not the President. “
Dr. Scott Atlas, who advises Trump, joined the event and said there would be $ 100 million in installments by the end of the year.
Other members of the coronavirus team, such as Fauci and Dr. CDC’s Robert Redfield was not present.
Trump’s allegations came a day after he and his administration overtook Redfield, the CDC director, when a vaccine could be widely available.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows portrayed the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a loop on Redfield’s heels, saying the coronavirus vaccines would not be immediately available until mid-2021.
“I’m not saying it ‘s not part of the process, I’re not saying it’ s not closer to decision – making, as it relates to the three clinical trials and their distribution,” Meadows told reporters outside the White House on Thursday.
Meadows echoed Trump’s comments at Wednesday’s news conference as the president returned the two healthy bites from Redfield’s testimony earlier in the day to a Senate committee.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Thursday morning that the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, was “no closer to making decisions” when it came to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution schedule.
President Donald Trump contradicts himself with his own CDC leader in Wednesday’s press conference, calling Dr. Robert Redfield “confused” and “wrong” because he said vaccines would not be widely available until mid-2021 and better from vaccines
Dr. Robert Redfield testified Wednesday morning before a Senate committee that “the face mask is more guaranteed to protect me from COVID than when I get a COVID vaccine.” He also said that a COVID-19 vaccine would not be widely available until the quarter two or three of 2021
Trump said the CDC leader was “confused” and “wrong” when he told lawmakers that most Americans would not get the COVID-19 vaccine until the “second or third quarter” of 2021 – a full year from now.
The president also said that Redfield must have “misunderstood” a question about the masks.
Redfield raised his mask during the testimony and said: “I could even say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me from COVID than when I get a COVID vaccine.”
“No, the mask is no more important than the vaccine,” Trump told reporters, adding that he called Redfield earlier Wednesday to correct him.
Meadows also agreed with Trump on this.
“If masks were really the answer where everyone can go back to work and that they actually worked as the best protocol for keeping people safe, I think everyone would be more than happy to wear their masks and go back to work. “Meadows told the press. “I do not think science supports it. I think it is an extra precaution and it is good, but it does not necessarily guarantee that you are, you are not going to end up with COVID. ”
The president’s comments during the briefing prompted a Redfield spokesman to release a statement saying the CDC chief was “answering a question he believed about the time period in which all Americans would have completed their vaccinations. with COVID “.
“It did not refer to the time period during which COVID-19 vaccine doses would be available to all Americans,” the spokesman said.
Redfield also said he was talking about a coronavirus vaccine after the briefing.
“I believe 100% the importance of vaccines and in particular the importance of a COVID-19 vaccine. “A COVID-19 vaccine is the thing that will get Americans back to normal,” Redfield said.
“The best defense we have at the moment against this virus is the significant mitigation efforts to wear a mask, wash your hands, remove the social and watch out for the crowds,” he added.
Meadows suggested that Redfield was not fully aware of the vaccination process because the tests were performed by private companies.
The White House chief also slightly discredited the service.
“In general, growth rate and distribution speed are not the strong suit for the CDC, and we saw that we would be back in the early days of the proposed test scheme,” Meadows said.
Meadows then doubled on the president’s shortened schedule.
“I can tell you that the president is pushing very hard to make sure we get a vaccine before the end of the year,” he said. “I’m not sure Dr. Redfield got his schedule, but it is not based on what is closest to the process.”