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Donald Trump doubles down on vaccine timeline, contradicts top expert

United States President Donald Trump predicted at least 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be distributed by the end of 2020, contradicting a top government health official.

President Donald Trump expressed renewed confidence Wednesday that a viable COVID-19 vaccine would be ready by October, directly contradicting a top administration health expert and facing fierce criticism from his Democratic election rival Joe Biden.

Mr Trump sowed confusion about the issue with an extraordinary public rebuke of one of his top health experts who said masks were a leading weapon for fighting the pandemic and that a vaccine was unlikely to be widely available until mid-2021.

"I think he made a mistake when he said that. That's just incorrect information," Mr Trump told reporters referring to Senate testimony by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield.


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