White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refused to walk back claims made by President Trump that there could be a viable coronavirus vaccination by the end of September.
Speaking with the press on Wednesday, Meadows took issue with a reporter who said that “nobody” believes a vaccination could be only weeks away before questioning “why the president” was confident that a late-September vaccination could be viable.
“There are some people who are saying that,” Meadows said. “In September that’s correct, we’re in September then potentially by the end of September so that would hit that.”
Meadows warned that a concrete timetable on a potential vaccination is still very much up in the air but that “some people,” such as Trump, believe a vaccination could be ready by the end of the month or in early October.
“We have a real hope of getting something that actually works and that the efficacy of that actually saves lives