President Donald Trump backed down on Thursday after initially promising a COVID-19 vaccine “within weeks.”
Trump made the claim during his opening remarks of the final 2020 presidential debate. He was quickly pressed on the subject by moderator Kristen Welker.
“You said a vaccine will be coming within weeks?” Welker asked. “Is that a guarantee?”
“No, it’s not a guarantee,” Trump replied. “But it will be by the end of the year. I think it has a good chance it will be within a matter of weeks. And it will be distributed very quickly.”
Welker noted that Trump administration officials have said that a vaccine would not be available for most people until 2021.