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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a plan for distributing coronavirus vaccines. Later, President Trump said the government could begin the distribution as early as next month.
AILSA CHANG, HOST:
The Trump Administration released a plan today for distributing a future coronavirus vaccine, but officials have been offering conflicting information on the timeline of that rollout. Earlier in the day, CDC Director Robert Redfield testified that the vaccine would be widely available late next year, though he did say first responders may get it sooner. Then this afternoon, President Trump said the government could begin distributing a vaccine as early as next month.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said.
CHANG: All right. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now with more.
MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hey there, Ailsa.
CHANG: So just walk us through this. What exactly did President Trump say about the vaccine rollout this afternoon?
LIASSON: Well, the problem was is that what he said didn’t jibe with what his own CDC director said.
LIASSON: The president said they’re ready to go. He said the vaccine is going …
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