Trump Claims COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Ready In October, Contradicting Experts

Dominique Mosbergen
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Contradicting his own health officials and other experts, US President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that a COVID-19 vaccine would be available as soon as October. He also said that at least 100 million vaccine doses would be distributed in the U.S. by the end of the year.

Trump’s pronouncement came hours after Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before a Senate committee about the availability of a potential vaccine. Redfield told lawmakers that while first responders could have limited access to one in November or December, a vaccine would not be “fully available to the American public” until at least “the second or third quarter” of 2021.

Quizzed during a Wednesday press briefing about Redfield’s comments, Trump insisted the CDC chief had “made a mistake” and was “confused.”

“I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Trump said. “It’s just incorrect information and I called him and he didn’t tell me that and I think he got the message maybe confused. Maybe it was stated incorrectly. No, we’re ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced and it could be announced in October, it could be announced a little bit after October ― but once we go, we’re ready.”

Following Trump’s criticism, Redfield appeared to walk back his earlier remarks, issuing a statement clarifying his testimony ― which he’d made under oath.

“In today’s hearing, Dr. Redfield was answering a question he thought was in regard to the time period in which all Americans would have completed their COVID vaccination, and his estimate was by the second or third quarter of 2021. He...

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