Trump official says vaccine expected starting in January

Robert Kadlec
FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Robert Kadlec testifies before a Senate Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the coronavirus on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kadlec said in an email Friday, Oct. 9, that the Trump administration “is accelerating production of safe and effective vaccines ... to ensure delivery starting January 2021." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could begin this month.

Dr. Robert Kadlec said in an email Friday that the administration “is accelerating production of safe and effective vaccines…to ensure delivery starting January 2021.”

Kadlec is the Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary of preparedness and response.

President Donald Trump said at a White House press briefing last month: “We think we can start sometime in October.”

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