President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, misspoke when he testified that a coronavirus vaccine might not be widely available until next year and that face masks are a more effective way of fighting the disease.
“I believe he was confused,” Trump told reporters at the White House
Dr. Robert Redfield told a Senate panel on Wednesday that a limited supply of coronavirus vaccine may be available between November and December, but that it was unlikely to be available to the general public until the summer or fall of next year. His remarks contradicted Trump, who has said a vaccine could be available by the end of the year, perhaps by the Nov. 3 election.
Redfield also testified that wearing a face mask might offer more protection against the spread of coronavirus than a vaccine.
Masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have” to fight the pandemic, Redfield said.
"I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Redfield said, adding that vaccines are not 100% percent effective.
“If I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me,” he said. “This face mask will.”
Source: USA Today