Trump claims a coronavirus vaccine will be ready 'right around' the November election, contradicting Fauci's prediction

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  • President Donald Trump claimed during a Thursday interview that a coronavirus vaccine may be ready for the American public “right around” the November 3 election.
  • “I’m rushing it. I am. I’m pushing everybody,” Trump told radio host Geraldo Rivera. “If you had another president, other than me, you wouldn’t be talking vaccines for two years.”
  • But Trump’s top advisers haven’t predicted such a speedy rollout of a potential vaccine.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said recently that there may be a vaccine by the end of 2020, with tens of millions of doses ready to distribute to Americans early next year.
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President Donald Trump claimed during a Thursday interview that a coronavirus vaccine may be ready for the American public “right around” the November 3 election.

When asked on Geraldo Rivera’s radio show whether a vaccine could be ready before the election, Trump replied, “I think in some cases, yes possible before, but right around that time.”

“I’m rushing it. I am. I’m pushing everybody,” he said. “If you had another president, other than me, you wouldn’t be talking vaccines for two years.”

Earlier this week, Trump said a vaccine might be ready “far in advance of the end of the year.”


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“We’re balancing speed and safety and we’re on pace to have a vaccine available this year, maybe far in advance of the end of the year,” Trump said during a coronavirus press briefing. “And we’re mass-producing the most promising candidates in advance so that we’re ready upon approval. We have our military lined up, it’s logistics, it’s all about logistics.”

But Trump’s top advisers haven’t predicted such a speedy rollout of a potential vaccine.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s helping lead the federal government’s pandemic response, said recently that there may be a vaccine by the end of 2020, with tens of millions of doses ready to distribute to Americans early next year.

“From everything we’ve seen now – in the animal data, as well as the human data – we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” Fauci told lawmakers last week.


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Fauci told Reuters this week he isn’t aware of the White House exerting inappropriate pressure to speed up vaccine development in a way that subverts safety norms.

“We have assurances, and I’ve discussed this with the regulatory authorities, that they promise that they are not going to let political considerations interfere with a regulatory decision,” he said. “I’m certain of what the White House would like to see, but I haven’t seen any indication of pressure at this point to do anything different than what we’re doing.”

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that some scientists are concerned about political interference in the vaccine’s development, with one member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee saying several experts are worried that the Trump admistration will rush the process and give emergency approval to a vaccine before it’s ready.

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