President Donald Trump says CDC Director Robert Redfield was "confused" when he told lawmakers Wednesday that a COVID vaccine would not be broadly available until spring or summer of 2021. Trump says a vaccine could be available next month. (Sept. 16)
- Earlier today Dr. Redfield confirmed that it looked like November, December the first doses would be able to be distributed. But then you said that the vaccine for the general public likely would not be available until probably next summer, maybe even early fall. Are you comfortable with that timeline?
DONALD TRUMP: No, I think he made a mistake when he said that. It's just incorrect information. And I called him, and he didn't tell me that. And I think you got the message maybe confused. Maybe it was stated incorrectly.
No, we're ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced, and it could be announced in October. Could be announced a little bit after October. But once we go, we're ready.
As you know, Pfizer is making this. They're taking a tremendous financial risk, and they're spending billions of dollars on actually making this vaccine. They're in a stage where they're actually making it, because they feel very confident as to the results. They'll be announcing their results fairly soon, and, no, he's-- that's incorrect information.
- But he was pretty clear in the way he said it.
DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, well, I think so, but I don't think he means that. I don't think he-- when he said it, I believe he was confused. I'm just telling you. We're ready to go as soon as the vaccine happens.
- So when do you want to see it available? What would be your timeline?
DONALD TRUMP: I would really to the general public, immediately. When we go, we go. We're not looking to say, "Gee, in six months, we're going to start giving it to the general public." No, we want to go immediately. No, it was an incorrect statement.