The president of the United States, Donald Trump, contradicted this Wednesday the experts of the governmental Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) and promised that he will be able to distribute 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.
“We will be able to distribute 100 million doses of vaccines by the end of 2020, and a very large number after “, Trump said at a press conference at the White House.
Trump’s statements contradict the CDC director himself, Robert Redfield, who this Wednesday, in a hearing in the US Senate, explained that the vaccine will be available between November and December, but it will be distributed in a limited way to the groups most at risk to die from the virus.
In addition, Redfield indicated that Americans will be able to access the vaccine “probably by looking at end of second quarter, third quarter of 2021 “.
Asked about it, Trump considered that Redfield was wrong, stated that he felt “surprised” with his statements and explained that he called him by phone to explain that he had made a “mistake”.
“I think he made a mistake when he [Redfield] said that, it just is incorrect information. I called him and he didn’t say that and I think maybe he got the message mixed up, maybe he said it incorrectly. Not, we are ready to move forward immediately “, assured the president.
Between October and November
Trump said Tuesday that the vaccine could be ready “in four weeks” and today insisted that it be announced “in October”, “perhaps in the middle of October”. “a little after October” or “in November, although not later than that.”
To be distributed to the population, any vaccine must receive the endorsement by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA), the government agency in charge of approving the use of new drugs, vaccines and other products related to public health.
The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca carry out vaccine studies in the United States that are already in phase 3, but they have not yet submitted their product to the FDA for review.
Once the FDA approves the vaccine, authorities will be able to distribute the first doses in just 24 hours, Paul Ostrowski, who oversees the logistics of Operation Warp Speed, launched by the Government to accelerate efforts to contain the pandemic, announced Wednesday.
The US is the country in the world most affected by the pandemic, with 6.6 million cases detected and more than 196,000 deceased, according to independent data from Johns Hopkins University.