U.S. President Donald speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump has predicted an effective coronavirus vaccine could be ready for mass distribution in the United States within weeks, contradicting comments by one of his top health officials.
Trump claimed Wednesday that Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made a mistake or was confused when he told Congress a vaccine could be rolled out by the middle of next year.
"Under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said. But I think that frankly if he analyzes, you know, they hit him with that question, he said that, we are ready at a much faster level than what he said. We will have rapid distribution. We're set up. Our military and others are set up to do it."
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden earlier accused Trump of manipulating the issue for electoral gain.
The U.S., the hardest-hit country in the world, has recorded more than 6.6 million coronavirus cases and over 196,000 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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