President Donald Trump revealed at a June 5 press conference that there were 2 million vaccines at the ready once they were approved as a safe and effective means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
However, when asked about Trump’s comment, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the White House’s coronavirus response team, said, “I didn’t hear him say that.” No one else has stepped forward to corroborate Trump’s claim. Neither the White House nor the Department of Health and Human Services responded to follow-up questions from Politico.
Trump also doesn’t have a great track record on making COVID-19 predictions. At the end of February, he claimed the coronavirus is “going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
Previously, Fauci has stated that the decade-long vaccine-making process which has been condensed into around 10 months is nothing short of a miracle. At best, he has said the US may have 100 million vaccines approved and distributed to states by the end of the year, with another 200 million arriving in the beginning of 2021.
It’s also unclear to which vaccine candidate Trump was referring. There’s currently five the U.S. is banking on, according to Forbes, and more than 100 other teams around the world are also working on a vaccine. As far as other things promised in Trump’s press conference, “cures” and “therapeutics” also made the list. As for an immediate roll-out of these vaccines that Trump claimed are “ready to go,” the reality is that they are still being tested—and are likely months away.
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