WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump predicts on Wednesday that at least 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine will be distributed by the end of 2020, which contradicts a senior Trump health official released as confused.
Hours earlier, Robert Redfield, director of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the COVID-1
“No, I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Trump said, telling reporters he called Redfield. “This is false information. “I believe he was confused. I don’t think he just understood the question, probably. “
Redfield, head of the federal government’s disease control agency, commented on testimony before a U.S. Senate committee
He said the total availability of the vaccine could reach “the end of the second quarter, the third quarter of 2021.”
A vaccine could be ready immediately in November or December, Redfield said, adding that limited first doses could go to those who are most vulnerable. “But to have enough of us immunized to have immunity, I think it will take six to nine months,” he added.
Report by Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland; Writing by Doina Chiaku; Edited by Sandra Mahler and David Gregorio