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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington, August 10, 2020.
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President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will manufacture enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every American by April.
He said the U.S. will have at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year and “likely much more than that.”
“Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April and again I’ll say even at that later stage, the delivery will go as fast as it comes,” Trump said at a White House press briefing.
Trump’s forecast is at odds with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said earlier this week that the U.S. wouldn’t start vaccinating people until November or December at the earliest and it would be limited. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said a vaccine wouldn’t be widely available until the summer or early fall of next year.
Trump said “massive amounts” of the vaccine “will be delivered through our great military and the general is one of our best and he’s ready to go.”
“We are again very advanced on the vaccine, we think that sometime in the very near future we’ll have it,” he said. “We’re… I would say I think I can say years ahead of scheduled what it would be if it were an administration other than this one.”
There are currently three drugmakers backed by the U.S. in late-stage testing for potential vaccines. Earlier this week, the CDC outlined a sweeping plan to make a vaccine free to all Americans if and when one is approved for public use.
Public health experts have previously said that most Americans likely won’t get immunized with a coronavirus vaccine until the middle of next year.
Whichever vaccine is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, it will likely be in short supply once it’s cleared for public distribution, medical experts warn. The vaccine will likely require two doses at varying intervals, and states still face logistical challenges such as setting up distribution sites and acquiring enough needles, syringes and bottles needed for immunizations.
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President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday at the White House, as he and Democratic nominee Joe Biden ramp up their attacks in the final weeks before the 2020 election.
Trump’s presser in the White House briefing room comes on the heels of Biden’s town hall in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the former vice president tore into the incumbent over the coronavirus pandemic and played up his blue-collar roots.
The president, who participated in his own town hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday, defended his administration’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, claiming he “up-played” the danger of the disease through his actions and saved lives.
After the news conference, Trump is set to depart the White House at 3:45 p.m. for Bemidji, Minnesota, to deliver remarks at a “Great American Comeback” event.
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St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard offered an optimistic look on the U.S. economy, with “off the charts” growth that will help lift inflation.
Bullard also said he sees the unemployment rate falling to 6.5% by the end of the year, an estimate well below the median projection of 7.6% that his Fed colleagues released earlier this week. Unemployment