It’s not uncommon for presidents to blame the failures of their administration as being “inherited” from their predecessors. President Joe Biden, however, is attempting to do just the opposite.
Biden is now trying to take credit for the speedy manufacturing and distribution of coronavirus vaccines, despite the fact that the vaccines were created — and the plan for distributing them was developed — under former President Donald Trump, Breitbart reported.
“All the work we’ve done”
On Thursday, Biden delivered his first prime-time address to mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus shutdowns implemented in the United States.
“Two months ago, this country didn’t have nearly enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all or ever near all of the American people, public,” the president said, according to Breitbart.
Biden said there will “soon” be enough vaccines to vaccinate all American adults, and claimed credit for this achievement.
“Now because of all the work we’ve done, we’ll have enough vaccine supply for all adults in America by the end of May,” Biden said. “That’s months ahead of schedule.”
He also restated his goal of being able to administer one million coronavirus vaccines per day in the first 100 days of his administration, saying that we’re “not only going to meet that goal, we’re going to beat that goal.”
Biden’s statements are misleading at best and at worst, flat-out lies.
It was because of Operation Warp Speed, developed under the Trump administration’s leadership, that the United States developed a vaccine as quickly as it did. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were not approved until after the 2020 election, a delay that many, including Trump, believe was purely political.
Nevertheless, as soon as the vaccines were approved, the Trump administration moved to get them distributed as quickly as possible.
In December, the federal Department of Health and Human Service purchased hundreds of millions of doses from Pfizer. By the time that Trump left office on Jan. 20, 983,000 doses were being distributed daily, meaning the Trump administration was already 98.3% of the way to Biden’s goal of administering one million coronavirus shots per day, according to Bloomberg.
Time will tell what else Trump accomplished that Biden will try to take credit for.