Donald Trump clashes with his director of health on the availability of a vaccine

Donald Trump estimated on September 16, 2020 that a vaccine against the coronavirus could be available as early as October. – Evan Vucci / AP / SIPA

The Covid vaccine at the heart of the American countryside. Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would have from October a vaccine against Covid-19 widely distributed in the population, despite the contrary opinions of health experts and the attacks of his opponent Joe Biden who judges him ” disqualified ”to manage the pandemic.

“We are ready. Our military and other officials are ready to act. We believe that (the distribution of a vaccine) could even begin as early as October. No doubt November or December at the latest ”, hammered the American president during a press conference at the White House, distancing himself from the head of the American health authorities.

“Second or third quarter 2021”

Asked Congress, the director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Robert Redfield estimated earlier today that the majority of Americans could not benefit from a vaccine until “the second or third trimester of 2021 ”, even if it was authorized in the coming weeks.

Even if clinical trials were conclusive before the November 3 election, which is deemed unlikely by officials and experts, dose distribution will initially be “very limited” and reserved for certain priority populations, possibly from November or December, detailed Robert Redfield.

“I think he made a mistake when he said that. This is incorrect information, ”reacted Donald Trump, who made the imminent arrival of a vaccine a central theme of his campaign for the presidential election on November 3. But it is also on the pandemic, which has claimed nearly 200,000 lives in the United States, that his Democratic opponent seeks to discredit him.

Trump “disqualified” on Covid, says Biden

“The first responsibility of a president is to protect the American people and he does not do it,” asserted the former vice president of Barack Obama during a speech Wednesday afternoon in his stronghold of Wilmington, in the Delaware. His management of the virus “totally disqualifies him”, he said.

Tuesday evening, Donald Trump had again sought to reassure the population during a television program by affirming that the coronavirus would eventually disappear over time. “Everything is going to be fine, it’s disappearing. And that will go away even faster with vaccines, ”the former businessman said on ABC.

Still, the vaccine race is advancing quickly in the United States, with two candidates (Pfizer and Moderna) on the verge of recruiting 30,000 participants in their clinical trials against placebo. “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump. And right now, the Americans can not be confident either ”, attacked Joe Biden again Wednesday.

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