Biden says he trusts science, not Trump

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Earlier Wednesday, the US government outlined a sweeping plan to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land.

The president has said a vaccine for Covid-19 could be available before election day in November, while Redfield told the Senate one could be released in November or December, but only in a limited capacity.

The CDC director's projection - which is in line with previous timeline estimates from Dr Anthony Fauci, the top United States infectious disease expert - puts a damper on the Trump administration's more optimistic pronouncements about the Covid-19 vaccine in recent days. On Wednesday, Trump said Biden has "started talking negatively" because "they know we have it or we will soon have it, and the answer to that is very soon".

"I have been on phone calls with individuals who have said that personally to me", Meadows said in response to a question from CNN, but said he would not give specific names because "it would affect markets and I'm not going to do that". "Let me be clear", Biden said Wednesday. "I think maybe he had misunderstood it".

The WHO announced a worldwide COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, emphasizing "global equity" and saying that so-called vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic.

Redfield was also criticized by Trump for saying wearing a mask can be just as effective as a vaccine.

The contradiction between Trump and health experts on an issue that has become a focal point of the 2020 election campaign highlighted the lack of trust Biden said he and the public have in the president's handling of the pandemic, which has killed almost 200,000 Americans.

His climb-down left his credibility shattered and means that any future statements he makes will be viewed through the prism of Trump's bullying interference based on incessant efforts to undermine science.

"It may be a little later than that", Trump said at a news conference at the White House on Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump's public rebuke of a top public health official is sowing confusion on the nation's vaccine timeline and reviving criticism of political meddling in the government's pandemic response.

"To ensure that information systems continue to work as expected, CDC has worked with FDA and the manufacturers to include a two dimensional (2D) barcode on the vaccine vial (if possible) and carton (required) labels that includes a National Drug Code (NDC), lot number, and a placeholder expiration date of 12/31/9999 to be read by a scanner", it explains. "It is not really his thing", Trump said.

"I didn't downplay it", Trump replied.

This country is run by a President who told reporter and author Bob Woodward in February that the coronavirus was "deadly" but kept the true scale of the threat from Americans in a way that likely cost tens of thousands of lives.

- So when do you want to see it available?

Redfield says the vaccine will probably be available to the general American public "at late second quarter, third quarter 2021".

Mr Biden routinely appears at campaign events wearing a mask, and usually takes it off to deliver a speech.

Trump, in arguing it was Biden who is politicizing the search for a vaccine, framed the pandemic as a blue-state problem even as cases have spiked mostly in red states.

Polls show a majority of Americans disapprove of Mr Trump's handling of the pandemic.

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