Trump says US may start distributing coronovirus vaccine in October, denying CDC deadline

President Donald Trump said the US government could begin distributing the coronovirus vaccine in early October, much more optimistic estimates than its own health officials have publicly advised.

“As you know we are very close to that vaccine and I think I think that’s what most people want to say,” Trump said during press talks at the White House. “We think we can start sometime in October. So we will be able to start as soon as it is announced. It will be from October to October. It may be a little later than that.”

He said that the US has manufactured all the necessary supplies and that health officials will be able to deliver at least 100 million vaccine doses by the end of the year. The vaccine may be introduced in October or November, but he said “I don’t think it’s going to happen much later.”

Earlier in the day, Drs. Robert Redfield told lawmakers at a Senate hearing that he expected to begin vaccinations in November or December, but needed the highest doses in limited quantities, such as health care workers and the elderly. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it would take about six to nine months to vaccinate the entire American public and that the US could begin “regular living” by the next third quarter. year.

The CDC on Wednesday outlined a comprehensive plan to make Kovid-19 vaccine-free to all Americans. The CDC stated in the plan that this one coronovirus vaccine would initially be granted an emergency use authority before full formal approval.

Trump said Redfield was mistaken when he said the vaccine would not be widely available to the general public until next summer or early fall.

“I think when they said they made a mistake. It’s just wrong information and I called them and they didn’t tell me that I think they got the message, maybe it was wrong,” Trump said. “We are ready to go soon after the vaccine is announced and may be announced in October, it may be announced a little after October but once we leave we are ready.”

Trump said he did not realize the “raid” Redfield “did what he said.

“I did not see him saying that, but if he has said so then it is a mistake because … we are ready to deliver immediately to a vast part of our country and then beyond that because we are also from other countries Want to help but we are ready to deliver immediately, ”Trump said.

He has also disputed Redfield’s comments that face masks may offer more protection than vaccines, saying “maybe he misunderstood” the question.

“The mask is not as important as the vaccine,” Trump said. “As far as the mask is concerned, I hope the vaccine is a lot more beneficial than the mask because people have used the mask.”

The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks.

Trump also said he thinks drug makers are having “tremendous success” with the vaccine.

“The results will be quick and strong. Security should be 100% and we are emphasizing that and companies are going to emphasize that as well,” he said.

Trump’s remarks come as infectious disease experts and scientists have said in recent weeks that they worry the White House may pressure the Food and Drug Administration to approve the vaccine before it is adequately screened. There are currently no approved vaccines and at least three drug manufacturers expect to know if their potential vaccines work until the end of the year.

The country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that it is “conceivable” but unlikely that there will be a safe and effective vaccine in the US by October.

Whichever vaccine is authorized by the FDA, its supply will be reduced once it is cleared after public distribution, warnings from medical experts. The vaccine will require two doses at different intervals, and states still face logistic challenges such as establishing distribution sites and acquiring needles, syringes, and bottles needed for vaccination.

When large amounts of the vaccine become available, the CDC said, there will be two simultaneous objectives: to provide wider access to vaccination and to ensure a higher growth in the target population, particularly those with high levels of death or complications from Kovid-19 Are at risk

“The CDC aims to have enough Kovid-19 vaccines for everyone in the United States,” Redfield said.

Even though a vaccine is ready to be delivered by the end of the year, many surveys now suggest that Americans would hesitate to get one.

According to a survey by the Nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, released this month, only 42% of Americans say that epidemiologists say at least 60% to 80% of people are said to have acquired and suppressed so-called immunity. Needs virus.

Kevin Bruninger of CNBC contributed to this article.