“We will be able to distribute 100 million doses of vaccines by the end of 2020, and a much larger number later,” said Donald Trump at a press conference held at the White House in Washington.
Trump’s statements contradict the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, who said on Wednesday at a hearing in the United States Senate that the vaccine will be available between November and December, but will be distributed to limited groups at higher risk.
In addition, Redfield indicated that Americans should only have access to the vaccine “probably at the end of the second quarter or the third quarter of 2021”.
Asked about the expert’s statements, Trump considered that Redfield was mistaken and said he was “surprised” by the statements, adding that he called to explain that he had “made a mistake”.
“I think he made a mistake when he said that, it’s just wrong information. I called him and he didn’t tell me that, he must have confused the message, maybe it wasn’t clear. We are ready to proceed immediately ”, guaranteed the President.
Trump said on Tuesday that the vaccine could be ready in “four weeks”, having assured on Wednesday that it will be announced “in October”.
“Maybe in mid-October” or “shortly after October” or “in November, but not later,” he said.