World Trump clashes with his director of health on the anti-Covid vaccine
UNITED STATES US President expects October or November while CDC Director estimates most Americans will have to wait until mid or late 2021
Published on 17/09/20 at 04:25
- Updated 17/09/20 at 04:25
The Covid vaccine at the heart of the American campaign. Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States will have a vaccine against Covid-19 widely distributed in the population from October, despite the contrary opinions of health experts and the attacks of his opponent Joe Biden who considers him "disqualified" to manage the pandemic.
"We are ready. Our military and other officials are ready to act. We think that (the distribution of a vaccine) could even start as early as October. No doubt November or December at the latest ”, hammered the US president at a White House press conference, distancing himself from the head of the American health authorities.
Asked in Congress, the director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Robert Redfield estimated earlier today that the majority of Americans would not be able to get a vaccine until "the second or third quarter of 2021", even if it was authorized in the coming weeks.
Although the clinical trials were conclusive before the election of the 3 November, what is deemed unlikely by officials and experts, the distribution of doses will initially be "very limited" and reserved for certain priority populations, maybe from November or December, detailed Robert Redfield.
"I think he made a mistake when he said that. This is incorrect information ", a réagi Donald Trump, who made the imminent arrival of a vaccine a central theme of his campaign for the presidential election of 3 November. But it's also about the pandemic, who made almost 200.000 dead in the United States, that his democratic opponent seeks to discredit him.
"The first responsibility of a president is to protect the American people and he does not do it", slapped former vice president Barack Obama during a speech Wednesday afternoon in his home town of Wilmington, in Delaware. His management of the virus "totally disqualifies" him, he asserted.
Tuesday evening, Donald Trump once again sought to reassure the public on a television show that the coronavirus would eventually disappear over time. "Everything will be alright, it's disappearing. And that will disappear even faster with the vaccines ”, said the former businessman on ABC.
Still, the vaccine race is moving fast in the United States, with two candidates (Pfizer and Moderna) about to recruit 30.000 participants in their placebo-controlled clinical trials. "I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump. And right now, Americans can't trust either ", attacked Joe Biden again on Wednesday.
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