Trump says CDC Director Robert Redfield got it all wrong on COVID-19 masks, vaccines


President Trump on Wednesday said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield gave Congress “incorrect information” about masks and the speed of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Redfield told a Senate subcommittee hours earlier that the public won’t receive a potential vaccine until summer 2021. He also said wearing a face mask probably is better protection against COVID-19 than will be a vaccine.

“I think he made a mistake,” Trump said at a White House press briefing.

“We’ll be able to distribute at least 100 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020 and a large number much sooner than that,” Trump said. “Under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said.”

Trump said that he called Redfield to express his displeasure.

“When I called up Robert today, I said to him, ‘What’s with the mask?’ He said,I think I answered that question incorrectly.’ I think maybe he misunderstood it,mean you know, you have two questionsmaybe misunderstood both of them.”

The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post about whether Redfield misspoke.

Trump called upon his coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas to confirm that Redfield was incorrect about the likely speed of vaccine distribution. Atlas said current plans would see production of 700 million vaccine doses by the end of March.

“There will be 700 million doses by end of Q1,” Atlas said.

Atlas said that “all the refrigerators that are necessary, everything is going to be a place for this,” meaning distribution delays won’t push public vaccination til summer.