President Donald Trump contradicted his Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head saying he was 'confused' and 'mistaken' when he told Congress a coronavirus vaccine wouldn't 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 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.'
'No, the mask is not more important than the vaccine,' Trump said, telling reporters he called Redfield earlier Wednesday to set him straight. 'Maybe he misunderstood both of them,' he said of the two newsy questions posed to Redfield by U.S. senators that morning.
President Donald Trump contradicted his own CDC chief at Wednesday's press briefing, calling Dr. Robert Redfield 'confused' and 'mistaken' for saying vaccines wouldn't be widely available until halfway through 2021 and masks work better than vaccines
Dr. Robert Redfield testified Wednesday morning before a Senate committee and said a ' face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.' He also said a COVID-19 vaccine wouldn't be widely available until quarter two or three of 2021
During a lengthy briefing, Trump said he still had confidence in Redfield.
'I do, I do,' he answered.
But he continued to say Redfield heard wrong.
'He sort of, I think, maybe misunderstood a question,' Trump said again.
On Wednesday morning, Redfield testified to a Senate committee that while first responders may have access to a vaccine in November or December of 2020, most Americans wouldn't get it until the 'second or third quarter' of 2021 - meaning a full year from now.
By early afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had disputed that timeline.
'We do believe that it will be widely available