Trump calls CDC boss "confused" to make statements about masks and vaccines

President Donald Trump contradicted the head of his Center for Disease Control and Prevention, saying he was "confused" and "wrong" when he told Congress that a coronavirus vaccine would not be widely available until the second quarter of next year.

Trump also said Dr. Robert Redfield must have "misunderstood" a question when he told a Senate committee: "I could even go so far as to say that this face mask protects me from COVID more than if I take a COVID vaccine." . & # 39;

"No, the mask is no more important than the vaccine," Trump told reporters he called Redfield on Wednesday to correct him. "Maybe he misunderstood both of them," he said of the two new questions US Senators put to Redfield that morning.

President Donald Trump contradicted his own CDC chief at Wednesday's press conference, calling Dr. Robert Redfield "confused" and "wrong" that vaccines wouldn't be widely available until mid-2021 and that masks work better than vaccines

Dr. Robert Redfield testified before a Senate committee Wednesday morning, saying one

Dr. Robert Redfield testified before a Senate committee Wednesday morning, saying "a face mask protects me more from COVID than if I take a COVID vaccine". He also said a COVID-19 vaccine wouldn't be widely available until the second or third quarter of 2021

During a long briefing, Trump said he still had faith in Redfield.

"I do, I do," he replied.

But he said Redfield heard wrong.

"I think he misunderstood a question somehow," Trump said again.

On Wednesday morning, Redfield testified before a Senate committee that while first responders could have access to a vaccine in November or December 2020, most Americans wouldn't get it until the second or third quarter of 2021 – which means a full year from 2021 now.

By early afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had denied that schedule.

"We believe it will be generally available by the end of the year," said the press secretary.

And Trump repeated that point later in the day.

“I think he made a mistake. I was very surprised to hear that. It really doesn't matter, we are all ready to distribute immediately, ”said the President. I got the impression that he didn't know he was saying what he could have said. I didn't see him say. & # 39;

Trump even brought Dr. Scott Atlas, who held a number of opposing positions on the coronavirus, took the podium to ensure the government was ready to distribute the vaccine immediately.

On Wednesday before, the government published a "playbook" to make vaccines for COVID-19 available to all Americans free of charge as early as January. They should be delivered within 24 hours of approval by the regulatory authorities.

Trump also said of Redfield: "Maybe he doesn't understand the sales process."

Following Trump's remarks, a Redfield spokesperson told ABC News that he was "answering a question he believed related to the time period by which all Americans would have completed their COVID vaccination."

"He was not referring to the period during which COVID-19 vaccine doses would be made available to all Americans."

The statement also included quotations from Redfield on what he had said about masks.

I believe 100 percent on the importance of vaccines and the importance of a COVID-19 vaccine in particular. A COVID-19 vaccine will get Americans back to normal, ”Redfield said.

"The best defense we currently have against this virus is the important mitigation efforts of wearing a mask, washing your hands, being socially distant, and being careful with crowds," he added.

The president originally focused his coronavirus anger on his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, who spoke in Wilmington on Wednesday expressing concerns that a vaccine would be accelerated to aid the president's re-election process.

“So let me be clear, I trust vaccines. I trust the scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump – and neither do the American people, ”Biden said there and announced some safety standards that he would like to introduce.

Biden also mocked a response Trump gave Tuesday night when asked why he wasn't promoting more widespread use of masks, a prospect the president has been focusing on.

"He said because the waiters don't like her, the waiters touch the food and touch the mask," scoffed Biden. & # 39; Come on. & # 39;

Trump made the same point Wednesday in the briefing room.

He also expressed that Biden was too comfortable in a mask.

& # 39; Joe feels very safe in a mask. Maybe he doesn't want to expose his face, ”Trump said. "I do not know what's up."

"There is no reason for him to put on masks," added the president, noting that Biden had not held any large rallies as the Democrat was concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.

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