Trump ignorantly claims the US has an AIDS vaccine

  • Trump told reporters that the American scientists and doctors working on a Covid-19 vaccine are making “tremendous progress,” and are some of the “best,” “smartest,” and “most brilliant,” before mentioning that they have come up with other cures in the past, like a vaccine for AIDS.
  • However, no vaccine for AIDS exists.
  • Trump may have realized he misspoke, as immediately after he praised the AIDS vaccine he mentioned “AIDS therapeutic[s]” and a daily pill taken by people with AIDS, an apparent reference to a variety of antiviral treatments available to people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


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