Trump says U.S. could distribute at least 100 million COVID vaccine doses by end of 2020

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday at least 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be distributed in the United States by the end of 2020, months earlier than a top government health official predicted earlier in the day.

“As soon as the FDA approves the vaccine… we’ll be able to distribute 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and a large number much sooner than that,” Trump said at a news briefing.

Earlier on Wednesday, Robert Redfield, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said a COVID-19 vaccine could be broadly rolled out by the middle of next year or a little later.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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