Trump contradicts his own CDC director on vaccine timeline: 'I think he made a mistake'
US President Donald Trump holds a press conference on COVID-19 in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 13, 2020. AFP / SAUL LOEB

At Wednesday's White House press briefing, President Donald Trump was asked about CDC Director Robert Redfield's statement that a COVID-19 vaccine would likely not be available until the middle of 2021 — and the president outright contradicted him.

"No, I think he made a mistake when he said that. It's just incorrect information," said Trump. "I believe he was confused."

Several drug companies are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and Trump has repeatedly claimed, without basis, that the vaccine will be available in the coming weeks or months, possibly even ahead of the election.

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