Trump announced the start of mass vaccination against coronavirus

Trump announced the start of mass vaccination against coronavirus

At a Senate hearing on the USA coronavirus response on September 16, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stressed the importance of wearing a mask to prevent coronavirus spread, despite dismissive comments from President Donald Trump. Dr. Redfield stressed that the American public should take the responsibility and embrace face masks. Comparison website Finder.com surveyed 2,000 Americans to find out, and released their findings in a report.

That answer caught Trump's ire as he described the leading medical official in his own administration as "confused," and pushed a much more aggressive timeline for later this year, throwing out different potential months the vaccine could land.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House's coronavirus taskforce's infectious disease expert, said in an interview with WTOP that they were both right, depending on how soon they have approval on the vaccine. A pair of special edition bobbleheads, with the immunologist in either a red or blue tie, costs $30, while the smiling one will set you back $20, with part of the proceeds going to the Protect The Heroes Fund. A number of companies and institutions have been working on a COVID-19 vaccine, including British-Swedish pharmaceudical firm AstraZeneca and US-based Moderna.

"There will be hundreds of millions of doses delivered for people to take it during the first quarter", he said. They will be able to get vaccinated until 2021. "And then we will ramp up the manufacturing of vaccine doses to be able to, based on our plans, have enough vaccine to immunize the USA population by the middle of 2021".

Also Wednesday, the USA government released a sweeping plan to make vaccines for the coronavirus available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed.

"We think that sometime in the very near future we'll have it", Mr. Trump said Friday.

Meanwhile, if the president does manage to come through with a pre-November vaccine, it's likely that there are some who would be skeptical about its efficacy - for instance, Trump's rival in the Nov. 3 election, former Vice President Joe Biden. A vaccine would go "to the general public immediately", the president insisted, and "under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said".

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