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Trump says CDC Director Robert Redfield confused over Covid 19 vaccine and Mask efficiency

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump suggested that the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention misspoke when Robert Redfield interviewed that the Coronavirus vaccine might not be widely available until next year, and using a face mask is a more effective way of fighting the virus.

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Trump told the Reporters at the White House, “I believe he was confused.”

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Redfield says Face Masks are better Protection than COVID 19 vaccine

On Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield told a senate panel that a limited amount of Coronavirus vaccine may be available between November and December, but it is highly unlikely to be available to the general public. It will be available for the public in the next summer or fall season. His remarks contradicted Trump’s statement according to which COVID 19 vaccine may be available at the end of the year, before the November 3 elections.

Redfield also agreed that wearing a face mask will provide more protection against the spread of viruses than the vaccine itself.

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Redfield said, that Masks are the most powerful public health tools we have to fight the pandemic. I might even go so far to say that a face mask is more guaranteed to save me against COVID 19 virus than a vaccine. Adding that a COVID 19 virus is not 100% effective.

He also explains the role of the immune system and face mask that if one person doesn’t get an immune response, the COVID 19 vaccine not gonna work. However, the face mask will protect against the virus.

Trump comments on Redfield statement

After a few hours later, during the White House news briefing, Trump Said Redfield was wrong on both counts.

Trump said, “I called him and I asked him what did he meant by that?….. I think he misunderstood the question.”

Trump insisted that the US is ready to distribute the Coronavirus vaccine to all the public whenever it is available and he highlighted that it could be as early as October.

Also, Trump has been consistently asking about the efficiency of the face masks and did so recently at a Tuesday town hall in Philadelphia.

Shortly after President Donald Trump‘s news briefing, Redfield responded to President’s comments on Twitter clearly promoting the use of masks.

 

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