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WHOA: Alex Azar Flat-Out Lies and Says Coronavirus Vaccine Was Developed in ‘Three Days’ — Is Immediately Corrected


After Donald Trump’s health secretary shared “important” news about a potential coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, the country’s top expert on infectious disease stepped in and tamped down expectations.

Speaking with reporters outside the White House, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus had been developed by scientists “within three days,” and that on Monday the Food and Drug Administration authorized the “entry of that vaccine into Phase 1 clinical trials.”

After Azar’s optimistic remarks, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stepped in and made it clear that the US is still at least 12 to 18 months from developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

Fauci said he wanted to “caution everybody” that what Azar described is only the first phase of the development of the vaccine.

“The whole process is going to take a year, a year and a half, at least,” Fauci said while standing a few feet away from Trump.

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Twitter was absolutely shocked that the HHS Secretary would boldly lie about a vaccine: