Donald Trump has assured this Wednesday with the optimism that characterizes him about the availability of a vaccine against the coronavirus that will be available from October. “We are ready to distribute immediately [una vez que se obtenga]”Said the president at the White House. The statement directly contradicts what was reported hours before by Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), who projected a massive distribution for the summer of 2021. “I think he made a mistake when he said that. It is only incorrect information, “said the US president at a press conference on the progress of the pandemic. “I think he was confused,” he added.
There are less than 60 days until the presidential elections and the race for getting a vaccine as soon as possible is a recurring theme in Trump campaign events. The Republican usually assures that before November 3 it will be available for the most vulnerable patients, while the curve is not controlled and the death toll is approaching 200,000 in the country with the most infections in the world. In an interview granted by the president on Tuesday in Fox & Friends, he ventured to say that a coronavirus vaccine could be approved “in a matter of weeks.”
“If you ask me when it will be available [la vacuna] so we can start using it to get back to our normal lives, I think we’re probably looking at the end of the second quarter, third quarter of 2021, ”Redfield clarified before the Senate Appropriations Committee. The doctor added that between November and December of this year it is projected that there will be one, “but a very limited supply and it will have to be prioritized.”
The jug of cold water to Trump’s forecasts was not the only terrain that the US president refuted from the statements offered by Redfield in the Senate. The director of the CDC emphatically defended the use of the mask and went so far as to affirm: “I could even go so far as to say that this mask has more guarantees of protecting me against covid-19 than when I get a vaccine.” The president, who said he had spoken with the doctor after the appearance, believes that the doctor must have been confused with the question and therefore answered “incorrectly.” “I think maybe he got it wrong,” he said in the White House press room.