Just about an hour ago, we wrote about the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after the agency director Dr. Robert Redfield said the country should have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for Americans to return to ‘regular life’ by the third quarter of 2021. Dr. Robert Redfield made the statement during his briefing to the Senate panel.
During the same briefing, Dr. Redfield said that face masks may provide more protection than the coronavirus vaccine.
“We have clear scientific evidence they work, and they are our best defense,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said. “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against Covid than when I take a COVID vaccine.“
Later today, President Trump said Dr. Redfield was mistaken in what he told the congress. The president contradicted the CDC director saying vaccines are more effective than wearing masks.
Dr. Redfield added that face coverings are “the most powerful public health tool” the nation has against the coronavirus and might even provide better protection against it than a vaccine, CDC director told lawmakers Wednesday. He said that a potential coronavirus vaccine, which will likely be available in limited quantities by the end of this year, may only have immunogenicity of 70%.
Below is a Twitter video of the briefing.