Covid Vaccine to Be Widely Available by April, CDC Chief Says

Covid Vaccine to Be Widely Available by April, CDC Chief Says

  • Redfield tells Senate that 700 million doses are expected
  •  Top official seeks to clarify comments after Trump rebuke

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told senators that he didn’t mean to imply last week that it could take into the second half of next year for enough Covid-19 vaccine to be available to inoculate all Americans.

Redfield said at a Senate health committee hearing Wednesday that about 700 million vaccine doses should be available by April, echoing a timeline laid out by Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff at the Department of Health and Human Services, last week.

The vaccine candidates that are furthest along in development will require a two-dose regimen. Redfield’s comments last week, in an appearance before a different Senate panel, were “alluding to how long I thought it would take to get those doses into the American public,” he said. It could take through July to disburse the vaccine to all Americans that want one, Redfield said.

President Donald Trump said last week that he had called Redfield after his earlier testimony to tell him his comments weren’t correct.