Dispute over corona vaccine: Trump reprimands the head of the health authority

In the US election campaign, Trump’s weakest flank is his corona crisis management. That’s why he wants to present a vaccine before the election. Trump even messes with the health authority for this.

By Sebastian Hesse, ARD-Studio Washington

For weeks, Donald Trump has believed that he has finally found a way out of his greatest dilemma. If he succeeds in presenting a corona vaccine before election day on November 3rd, then all criticism of his crisis management would vanish into thin air.

No wonder, then, that the alarm bells rang in the White House when the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, under oath presented a completely different schedule at a Senate hearing.

The head of the government’s CDC confirmed that a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year. But it will take a lot more time until it is available to all Americans. Vaccination protection is generally available in late summer 2021 at the earliest, i.e. in just under a year.

Press spokeswoman confirms schedule

This significant correction to President Trump’s schedule immediately called on his spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany: “We believe the vaccine will be available by the end of the year,” said McEnany Cans pre-ordered, “says McEnany.

Her boss, however, did not stop at the reply, but picked up the phone: Trump confronted his health experts and then criticized him publicly. Redfield was apparently confused. He made a mistake.

Dispute also about masks

But the president and his head of the authorities are at odds with another aspect as well: wearing a mask, which is politically extremely charged. Redfield emphasized that it has been scientifically proven that masks work against the spread of the virus. Wearing a mask is possibly even more effective COVID-19 protection than getting vaccinated, said the head of the authorities. And again the President shot against it: Redfield had misunderstood the question.

The third, who is happy when two people argue, was the challenger. Joe Biden said he trusts vaccines, he trusts scientists, but he mistrusts Donald Trump.


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