President Trump claimed that there will be enough vaccines for all Americans by April, shattering estimates from medical experts within his own administration.
“We’ll have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year, and likely much more than that,” he continued. “Millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.”
Those estimates are “based on the manufacturing that’s in process,” Trump said.
White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas said those individuals prioritized on the list include high-risk individuals and first responders.
“And so that by April, every single American who wants to be vaccinated will have the ability to be vaccinated. It is not a forced vaccination, of course,” Atlas said.
Some background: Earlier this week, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a Senate hearing that it would likely be the second or third quarter of next year – that means late spring or summer – before widespread vaccination could be underway in the US. Asked about this during a news conference later in the day, Trump said Redfield “made a mistake” and was “confused.”
Trump told reporters in today’s White House news conference they think they can beat Redfield’s number and timeline “very substantially.”