President Biden in his first softball townhall of his presidency falsely claimed that when he entered office last month, there no coronavirus vaccines available, despite the fact he was fully vaccinated before being sworn-in as Commander-in-Chief.
“And the biggest thing, though, as you remember when you and I talked last, we talked about — it’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office,” Biden claimed during CNN Presidential Townhall Tuesday night.
His dubious claim was left uncorrected by Cooper and CNN’s own fact-check reporter refuses to double-check the statement, despite making it their mission to falsely fact-check every statement made by the former administration religiously. CNN rushed to Biden’s defense, stating the president “wasn’t trying to claim the vaccine did not exist at all under Trump.” Others from the mainstream media have also refused to fact-check as well and also came into the president’s aid by claiming that his remark was “a typical Biden gaffe.“
Biden also asserted that his administration had to organize the logistics of rolling out the administering the inoculation to the public.
“How do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm? So, you need the paraphernalia, you need the needle, you need the mechanisms to be able to get it in. You have to have people who can inject it into people’s arms,” Biden said.
However, the president received his first dose of the COVID vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech that was televised live on December 21. The president received the second dose on January 11, at the same time almost ten million Americans had already been vaccinated.
A day after being sworn-in, Biden vowed a 100-million-doses-in-100-days goal, but such goal was already being met with nearly 983,000 shots a day were administered on average over the seven days, according to data from Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker.
Just minutes before arguing there were no vaccines when he entered office, he initially told CNN’s Anderson Copper that there were literally “10 million doses a day that were available.”
“We got into office and found out the supply — there was no backlog. I mean, there was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking, and there were 10 million doses a day that were available.”
Biden also told Cooper that he entered office “there was only 50 million doses” available and vowed that by the end of July every American will be able to get the vaccine, giving an ambitious goal in producing 600 million vaccines by then.
“When is every American who wants it going to be able to get a vaccine?” Cooper asked the president in his first question of the night.
“By the end of July of this year. We came into office, there was only 50 million doses that were available. We have now — by the end of July, we’ll have over 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate every single American,” Biden said.
Biden isn’t the only one to downplay his former president’s successful Operation Warp Speed that created the vaccine in less than a year. Vice President Kamala Harris recently attacked the Trump administration vaccine preparations, saying in an interview with Axios that they inherited “no national strategy or plan for vaccinations,” and they had to start “from scratch.”
However, Dr. Fauci last month during a White House press briefing disputed a CNN report and directly contradicted what Harris declared on Axios.
“We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution,’ Fauci said at the White House on Jan. 21. “We’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas that were not bad ideas with the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all. It’s taking what’s going on, but amplifying it in a big way.”
Since vaccine distribution began on Dec. 14, more than 55 million vaccine doses have been administered, reaching 11.5 percent of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Despite praising Trump as what he stated his greatest achievement was Operation Warp Speed for its efforts on vaccine development, Biden has continued to take a few jabs towards his predecessor’s efforts. Last week, Biden while touring Dr. Fauci’s office at the National Institute of Health said Trump “did not do his job,” and his “vaccination program was in much worse shape” when he took office.
He also declined to discuss his predecessor, saying Trump had been in the spotlight enough during his term in office, but it didn’t stop him mostly took a few swings by speaking derisively in calling him “the former guy” during the 75-minute event.
“I’m not going to call names out,” Biden said when Cooper asked about the former president being acquitted by the Senate over the weekend and whether he agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the 43 Republicans are “coward.”
“Look, for four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump. The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people. I’m tired of talking about Trump,” Biden added.