US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that at least 100 million corona vaccines will be distributed in the US by the end of this year.
Trump contradicted the highest public health official in his administration. He was “confused,” Trump said.
A few hours before Trump made his ruling, Robert Redfield, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), had said that a corona vaccine could potentially be widely distributed by mid-next year or a little later. Redfield said that to a senate committee.
The CDC director said there might be a vaccine in November or December, adding that the limited amount of first doses could go to the most vulnerable. “To make enough people immune, I think we’ll need another six to nine months,” said Redfield.
“No, I think he made a mistake when he said that,” President Trump said of Redfield’s testimony before the Senate. “That’s incorrect information. I think he was confused. I think he just didn’t get the question right, possibly.”
As for the first doses of the corona vaccines, White House adviser Scott Atlas said Wednesday that “people with high priority” will be vaccinated in January.