This is what the CDC Director said in Congress yesterday. The anti-science thug in the White House went ballistic, of course, saying Redfield must not have meant what he said, or misunderstood the question.
Watch what Redfield said.
CDC Director: Face Masks Offer More Protection from Covid-19 Than Vaccines www.youtube.com
September 17, 2020
This is worth watching too.
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This from Gabe Fleisher, Wake up to Politics.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testified Wednesday that most Americans will likely not have access to a coronavirus vaccine until late spring or summer of next year. President Donald Trump would quickly contradict the comments, an extraordinary display of dissonance between the president and one of the nation's top scientists.
Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC Director, predicted to a Senate subcommittee that a vaccine will become available in late November or December — but "if you're asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life," he added, "I think we're probably looking at late second quarter, third quarter 2021."
At a press conference later in the day, President Trump insisted to reporters that the vaccine would actually be ready by mid-October (just before the presidential election) and then would be "immediately" distributed widely. "It was an incorrect statement," Trump said of Redfield's comments, directly rebuffing his own CDC director even though nearly all experts side with Redfield's timeline.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden warned earlier Wednesday about the potential that Trump could seek to politicize the vaccine process. "I trust vaccines.
I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump," Biden said. Later, after the president's contradiction of Redfield, the former vice president tweeted: "This is what I meant." (Trump accused Biden of promoting "anti-vaccine theories" at his White House press conference.)
During his Senate testimony, Redfield also emphasized the importance of face masks in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. "I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine," Redfield said, because the vaccine may not be effective for all patients.
Redfield's comments came after Trump had spurned medical experts to cast doubt on masks in an ABC News town hall on Wednesday. "A lot of people think that masks are not good," the president claimed, providing no evidence for the assertion.