Washington, United States:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed renewed confidence that a viable Kovid-19 vaccine would be ready by October, directly opposite a top administration health expert and facing sharp criticism from his Democratic election rival Joe Biden.
Trump caused confusion over the issue with an extraordinary public reprimand from one of his top health experts, who said masks were a major weapon to fight the epidemic and that a vaccine would become widely available by mid-2021 Was unlikely.
“I think when he said he made a mistake. It’s just misinformation,” Trump told reporters, citing Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are very close to that vaccine as you know … we think we can start anytime in October” or shortly thereafter, Trump said.
“I think he was confused,” he said of Redfield. “I am telling you that we are ready to go as soon as the vaccine is done.”
Redfield told MPs on Wednesday that “very limited” distribution to priority groups, including first responders, could begin in November and December, but that full implementation would take at least several months.
“I think we are probably looking at the late second trimester, the third trimester 2021” before a safe and effective vaccine would be available to the general public, he said.
The contradiction between Trump and health experts over an issue that has become the focal point of the 2020 election campaign highlighted a lack of trust, saying he and the public saw the president kill nearly 200,000 Americans in dealing with the epidemic Have given.
“When I said I trust vaccines, and I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump – that’s what I mean,” Biden tweeted after Trump’s remarks.
Barely an hour earlier, the Democratic nominee said that Trump’s refusal to take significant steps to combat the epidemic, such as setting national guidelines on social justice and testing, were “completely ineligible” for the presidency.
The Democratic nominee, after receiving a briefing by public health experts, said he increasingly supported the Kovid-19 vaccine to help normalize American life, but said the process was not politics but science and security Should be directed by
“He is the President”
Trump on Tuesday intensified his already optimistic predictions, saying a vaccine may be available even before the November 3 presidential election.
“We’re within weeks of getting it, you know – there can be three weeks, four weeks,” he told a town hall question-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired on ABC.
Democrats have expressed concern that Trump is pressuring government health regulators and scientists to help him climb his bid to approve the vaccine that rises ahead of time.
Trump also raised eyebrows at the town hall when asked why he had lowered the gravity of the epidemic in its early months.
Trump responded, “I didn’t downplay it.” “I really, in many ways, I played it in the context of action.”
But Trump himself told journalist Bob Woodward during a tape interview that he had deliberately decided to “play it down” to avoid Americans.
The president, who is rarely seen wearing masks in public and has long prohibited Americans from adopting this habit, told the town hall that “a lot of people don’t want to wear masks and people don’t think that The mask is good. “
The comment caught Wide Flack, including Biden, who knocked at Trump’s door, saying that Democrats disapproved of a masked mandate.
“I’m not the president, he’s the president,” Biden whispered into the microphone.
Trump’s anti-mask message also found a sort of dressing by Redfield, as the CDC director gave the senators a medical mask and said “I can go so far as to say that this facemask is more guaranteed to protect me from pigeons Hai I take a Kovid vaccine. “
Trump dismissed the outspokenness, saying he phoned Redfield to ask what he meant.
“I think there are a lot of problems with masks,” Trump said. “It is no more effective than a vaccine.”
Biden regularly appears at campaign events wearing a mask, and usually turned it down to make a speech. Trailing in pre-election voting, Trump mocked Biden by wearing a mask.
Polls show that most Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the epidemic.
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