Trump Slams CDC Director on Masks, Vaccine

Calling him “confused,” President Trump rebuked CDC director Robert Redfield for warning the US Congress yesterday that a vaccine wouldn’t be widely available until mid-2021 Reuters reports.

Trump also refuted Redfield’s comments that masks are the US's “most powerful public health tool” and may be our “best defense”—possibly even more so than a vaccine, CNBC reports.

  • Redfield’s office later clarified his vaccine comments, according to The New York Times—suggesting that he thought the question referred to vaccine completion timelines rather than availability—though his statements lined up with comments from other officials.
  • The US government also released the administration’s vaccine distribution plan yesterday, CIDRAP reports. It runs counter to WHO's plan that counters vaccine nationalism and prioritizes vaccination among the most vulnerable people everywhere, according to ABC.
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