Trump Claims Vaccine Will Be Ready by Fall, Says CDC Director Was ‘Confused’ squib

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President Trump on Wednesday directly contradicted the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on when the coronavirus vaccine will be available to the general public.

Asked at a White House press briefing about Dr. Robert Redfield’s statement earlier on Wednesday that the public most likely won’t get the vaccine until next summer or even fall, Trump said, “That’s incorrect information.”

“When he said it, I believe he was confused… We’re ready to go as soon as the vaccine is approved,” the president said, insisting that the vaccine would be ready to be administered “really to the general public immediately.” “We’re not going to say ‘in six months,’ we’re going to start giving it to the general public,’” he added.

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