- A United States official has said that the coronavirus vaccines would be distributed in January.
- The official on Donald Trump’s team appears to contradict the president’s information on vaccines in the United States.
- The government “is accelerating” the production of vaccines for delivery in the United States in January, the official said.
Keep waiting. A United States government official said the coronavirus vaccines would be delivered in January 2021.
An official of the government President Donald Trump, who is leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic, said that the United States can expect to begin distributing a vaccine from January 2021, despite the president’s statements that inoculations could begin this month, reported the news agency AP.
And according to a growing bipartisan set of lawmakers, experts and public health authorities, the country is ill-prepared for an expected increase in COVID-19 cases during the winter, the news agency said.
According to the AP, Dr. Robert Kadlec said in an email on Friday that the government “is accelerating the production of safe and effective vaccines … to guarantee their delivery from January 2021.” Kadlec is the undersecretary for preparedness and response for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The department said there is a possibility that a vaccine will be approved before the end of the year, but it will take time to distribute.
Trump has said at political rallies, debates and press conferences that a vaccine could be available in weeks.
“I think we can start sometime in October,” the president said at a press conference last month.
Kadlec is not the first health official to disagree with the president’s optimistic dates, according to the AP.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that 100 million doses of vaccines could be available by the end of the year “pending clearance from the FDA,” the Food and Drug Administration.
And Dr. Moncef Saloui, who heads the government’s vaccination efforts, also told the Marketwatch website on Friday that researchers could know “by the end of October, or November, or in December” if any of the vaccines in development are effective. But then it would take weeks to get emergency clearance to enforce it.
Asked about the differences in the statements, the White House did not specify a date, but noted that Trump’s priority is to distribute a vaccine “as soon as possible.”
Kadlec pointed out, without giving details, that it was incorrect to conclude that this meant that the country could not have a vaccine before January.
The official responded to various questions from The Associated Press and FRONTLINE about the government’s response to the pandemic and, in particular, about the shortage of crucial medical supplies.
The AP and FRONTLINE reported this week that a disruption in the supply chain for critical medical equipment, such as masks, gloves, uniforms, and artificial respirators, hurt the US response to COVID-19 and likely influenced the death rate in the country. , which per capita is higher than in almost any other nation in the world.
Trump says he is “drug free” although recovery from coronavirus continues
Although he continues his recovery after contracting coronavirus, President Donald Trump assured that he is now “drug-free.”
On Friday night, Trump gave the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program its first on-camera interview since receiving a positive diagnosis for coronavirus last week, Fox News reported.
Speaking to Fox News medical aide Dr. Marc Siegel, in a remote interview from the White House, Trump said he was “drug free” since Friday and felt “very, very strong.”
The president acknowledged that before going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, “it didn’t feel very vital” and “it didn’t feel like the president of the United States should feel.”
Trump returned to the White House on Monday after spending three nights in the Bethesda, Maryland hospital, Fox News recalled.
The president touted the beneficial effects of Regeneron’s cocktail of experimental antibodies, which he said made a “big difference” in his recovery.
Trump also commented that he underwent a CT scan of his lungs upon arrival at Walter Reed, but that he did not experience shortness of breath.
“They wanted to keep me under observation. You know, they wanted to be sure it was good. But… I was there for, I suppose, three and a half days. They wanted to keep me there. I wanted to leave after the first day. I really felt like it wasn’t messed up. After the first day, I think I would have been much worse if I hadn’t taken this drug (Regeneron), ”Trump recounted during the remote interview, as reported by Fox News.
The president faced criticism last weekend after he briefly exited the Walter Reed on Sunday to greet supporters who had gathered outside the medical center from a vehicle.
“I could hear them from the hospital,” Trump recalled.
“It was way up. And, you know, (I’m in) this very fortified military hospital that’s, you know, built to the highest standards. And yet, through these powerful windows, I could hear people screaming with love, with true love, ”the president continued.
He added: “And after two days, I said, ‘You know, I want to go out and greet people.’ And I went to the Secret Service. And these are the people who are with me all the time. And they said, ‘We don’t have a problem, sir.’ I said, ‘I just want to take a walk with them and just say hi. And you saw what happened ”.
“It was a great show of love,” Trump said of that episode. “I don’t think there was a single negative person, and there were many, many, many people.”
On Thursday, the White House doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, sent a memorandum indicating that Trump could resume public engagements starting this Saturday, Fox News detailed.
The president is scheduled to hold an event honoring law enforcement at the White House this Saturday afternoon before traveling to Sanford, Florida, for a campaign rally Monday night.
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