The Washington Post reports:
Earlier in the week, Trump challenged CDC Director Robert Redfield when Redfield said a coronavirus vaccine wouldn’t be widely available to the public until the middle of next year. Trump claimed Redfield was “confused” by the question and misspoke.
“I think he made a mistake with that statement,” Trump said Wednesday. “When he said it, I believe he was confused. I’m just telling you we’re ready to go.” Trump said then that a vaccine would be ready in weeks and swiftly made available.
But on Friday, Trump essentially said the same thing Redfield had: All Americans will have the ability to be vaccinated by April of next year. “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April,” Trump said at his Friday briefing.
President Trump: “As soon a vaccine is approved the administration will deliver it to the American people immediately. Distribution will begin within 24 hours after notice…We expect to have enough vaccine’s for every American by April.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 18, 2020
Trump says U.S. is on track to manufacture 100 million doses of an approved vaccine by the end of the year, and enough for every American by April pic.twitter.com/qPAhCWd1ev
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) September 18, 2020