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After Claiming No Vaccine Existed Under Trump, Biden Faults Him for Not Buying Enough, Having No Plan

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It’s clear after this week that President Joe Biden is anxious for Americans to believe that his administration should get the lion’s share of the credit for the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine.

During a CNN town hall on Tuesday, Biden went so far as to say, in an apparent gaffe, there was no vaccine when he took office.

“The biggest thing, though, is that 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 — but a vaccinator,” Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “How do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”

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It would seem the point he was trying to get across, however clumsily, was, “I am the guy. My administration is making it happen.”

An average of over 1.4 million Americans were being vaccinated per day the week Biden took office, according to data from The New York Times.

In other words, there were a lot of vaccinators putting shots in people’s arms.

The current seven-day average for vaccination is 1.6 million per day, so not considerably more despite being a month further into the effort.

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Biden continued in this vein of wanting to take credit for the vaccination effort on Friday after touring a Pfizer production plant in Michigan.

“Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country,” the president claimed.

“My predecessor, as my mother would say, ‘God love him,’ failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office,” Biden said.



The supposed failure to order enough vaccines seems a silly critique.

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The Trump administration had brought 100 million doses from Pfizer even before the vaccine was proven effective.

His team then purchased an additional 100 million doses in December.

Trump officials did the same for the Moderna vaccine for a total of 400 million between the two manufacturers.

So that’s enough for at least 200 million people. And it is likely a significant portion of Americans will choose not to get vaccinated.

A poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation at the end of last month found not quite half of American adults are wanting to get the vaccine soon. The poll surveyed 1,563 adults and had a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.

There are approximately 210 million American adults, so Trump ordered plenty for the foreseeable future to meet the needs of the about 100 million who want it.

Further, there seems little doubt Trump would purchase more as necessary given his aggressive purchasing pattern.

Operation Warp Speed was his administration’s brainchild, after all.

Trump mobilized the private sector to develop the vaccine in record time and then mobilized the military and private carriers to distribute it to tens of millions when his term ended.

Biden and his handlers, no doubt, see the rapidly falling COVID-19 numbers and potential herd immunity on the horizon, and they’re nervous his administration will not receive much of the credit.

They shouldn’t.

This is the Trump administration’s achievement. The best Biden can say is that he carried it forward and so far doesn’t appear to have screwed it up.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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