Team Biden Lies About Vaccines Under Trump
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, anchorman Lester Holt suggested to White House chief of staff Ron Klain that President Biden’s team now “owns” the pandemic response and asked “what’s taking so long” with the vaccines.
Klain automatically blamed former President Trump, saying: “(W)e inherited a vaccine system that was moving at a snail’s pace and we’ve had to accelerate. We’ve had to go buy hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine that hadn’t been ordered.” Holt didn’t challenge that.
Klain said something similar on “Meet the Press” days after the inauguration: “But the process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole did not really exist when we came into the White House.”
This was an echo of Joe Biden at a Pfizer manufacturing site: “Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country,” Biden said, going on to say Trump “failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers.”
And an echo of Vice President Kamala Harris on “Axios on HBO”: “There was no stockpile! … There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so, in many ways, we are come — starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
This didn’t accurately summarize the Biden-correcting tweets assembled underneath the headline.
Were vaccines “moving at a snail’s pace”? On Jan. 15, the week before Biden was sworn in, 10.6 million Americans had received a COVID vaccine under Trump, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Did they fail to order enough vaccines? As of Dec. 31, the federal government had contracted to buy at least 800 million vaccine doses for delivery by July 31.