However, he said, the president was right to say, “We could have up to a hundred million doses by the end of this year. It’s correct. “
“I think everyone is right,” Admiral Giroir said.
Mr. Trump has often promised that the United States will produce a vaccine before election day on November 3. But his optimism and projections for wide availability have been widely disputed. At the White House at a press conference on Friday, Trump said that once a vaccine is cleared, “distribution will begin within 24 hours of notification.”
He added: “We will have manufactured at least 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year. And probably much more than that. Hundreds of millions of doses will be available each month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.
This translates into the delivery of vaccines to approximately 330 million Americans in the spring.
These statements have fueled public distrust of a rushed vaccine, which is evident in recent polls showing a decrease in confidence in a coronavirus vaccine. In a new ABC News / Ipsos poll, less than one in 10 Americans had great confidence in the president’s ability to confirm the vaccine’s effectiveness; 18 percent said only a “good amount” of confidence.
And in an apparent response to calls for transparency that could address those concerns, several vaccine makers publicly released traditionally secret protocols last week. These efforts are also aimed at allaying scientists’ fears that the accelerated timelines being discussed could lead to a vaccine that is either unsafe, does not work, or is not fully controlled.