Trump Says All Americans Will Have Vaccine Access by April; Fauci Estimates Mid-Summer

Headline Roundup September 18th, 2020

Speaking about a vaccine to treat the COVID-19 coronavirus, President Donald Trump said at a Friday briefing "we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April." Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a Thursday interview the vaccine "very likely would be" available to everyone "in the first half to the third quarter of 2021," a projection echoed earlier by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some coverage from left-rated sources focused on the contradiction between Trump and Fauci's estimations, citing examples of predictions from other experts and sources that align more with Fauci's. Some reports from right-rated outlets concentrated more on the optimism Trump expressed during the briefing and the White House projection that 100 million vaccine doses will be ready by the end of 2020. Some coverage concentrated on the effectiveness of the vaccine testing process, including how clinical trials are seeking out diverse groups; other analysis broke down purported incompetence by public health officials and politicians in conveying effective and practical virus guidelines.

Trump Says All Americans Will Have Vaccine Access by April; Fauci Estimates Mid-Summer

From the Left
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President Donald Trump said Friday that there will be enough doses of coronavirus vaccine for every American by April, contradicting administration health officials who have projected the country would not reach that point until mid-2021.

"Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April," he said at a White House press briefing. Trump earlier in the week said that doses would be broadly available by March.

Trump touted the timeline as evidence of "historic progress," and said...

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From the Right
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President Donald Trump announced Friday that the Department of Defense will begin distributing coronavirus vaccines 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves them.

“Since January, America’s brilliant doctors and scientists have been working been working around the clock, the best medical minds in the world by far and the vaccines are going through the gold standard of clinical trials, very heavy emphasis placed on safety,” Trump told reporters at the top of his Friday afternoon press conference. “Three vaccines are already in the final stage.”

The president...

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From the Center
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U.S. President Donald Trump and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week disagreed about when a COVID-19 vaccine would become widely available. Trump has said one could initially be available by the Nov. 3 election, while the CDC director said vaccines were likely to reach the general public around mid-2021, an assessment more in line with most experts.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR A VACCINE TO GENERALLY AVAILABLE?
General availability is when every American who wants the vaccine can get it. There are...

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