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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told a Senate panel that he thinks it will take one year before a coronavirus vaccine will be “generally available to the American public”.
That estimation contrasts with recent bullish messaging by Donald Trump, who on Tuesday repeated his assertion that “we’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks” even though a successful vaccine has yet to be unveiled from ongoing US trials.
Trump did not specify whether he was talking about a “generally available” vaccine or a limited number of doses, but he has suggested during his re-election campaign that a vaccine solution to the pandemic crisis in the United States was imminent.
Robert Redfield of the CDC testified before the Senate on Wednesday as his agency issued a paper with impressionistic advice for state and local jurisdictions on how to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine – when and if a vaccine is approved:
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