- At a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said most Americans probably wouldn’t receive a coronavirus vaccine until “late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”
- Hours later, President Donald Trump said Redfield was “confused.”
- “I think he made a mistake when he said that. It’s just incorrect information,” Trump said at a press conference.
- Most experts agree that a vaccine is unlikely to be available before the election this fall.
Don’t hold your breath for a coronavirus vaccine this fall.
That’s the resounding refrain from US public-health officials, including Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Redfield said a vaccine probably wouldn’t be widely available to the American public until the summer or early fall of 2021.
“There will be vaccine that will initially be available sometime between November and December, but very limited supply and will have to be prioritized,” Redfield said Wednesday. “If you’re asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we’re probably looking at late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”
But mere hours after that hearing, President Donald Trump said Redfield was “confused” about the timeline.