Fauci on Trump-CDC vaccine dispute: ‘They were both right’



 Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, has weighed in on a public disagreement between President Donald Trump and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about when a coronavirus vaccine could be widely available.

CDC chief Dr. Robert Redfield, who testified Wednesday before a Senate committee, said any vaccine available in November or December would be in “very limited supply,” and would first be made available to high-risk patients and health care workers. Redfield told senators the vaccine was unlikely to be broadly available until late spring or summer.

During a news conference later Wednesday, Trump said the doctor was “confused” and that the vaccine would be distributed “very rapidly.”


He added, “We’re ready to distribute immediately to a vast section of our country,” and said “under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said.”

Fauci’s take? “I think in many respects, they were both right,” he said, speaking to WTOP Thursday afternoon.


Fauci on Trump-CDC vaccine dispute: ‘They were both right’ Fauci on Trump-CDC vaccine dispute: ‘They were both right’ Reviewed by Anson Moore on September 18, 2020 Rating: 5

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