Administration health officials have projected the country would not reach that point until mid-2021.
President Donald Trump said Friday that there will be enough doses of coronavirus vaccine for every American by April, contradicting administration health officials who have projected the country would not reach that point until mid-2021.
“Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April,” he said at a White House press briefing. Trump earlier in the week said that doses would be broadly available by March.
Trump touted the timeline as evidence of “historic progress,” and said of a vaccine, “we essentially have it — we will be announcing it soon.” Notably, the president did not repeat his familiar prediction that the government would authorize a vaccine by election day, which top government scientists have said would be unlikely.
The Food and Drug Administration has not yet given emergency authorization or approval to any of the coronavirus vaccines now in development. Vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca are now in the final stage of clinical trials in the United States, and the government has pre-purchased hundreds of millions of doses of at least a half-dozen experimental shots.
Asked about comments from the government’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, and CDC Director Robert Redfield about vaccines being broadly available mid- to late next year, Trump said, “We think we can beat that number very substantially.”