Trump argues U.S. wouldn’t have COVID-19 vaccine if he weren’t president
On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump argued that had he not been in the Oval Office, the United States would likely have not received a COVID-19 vaccine “for 5 years”.
“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
“I hope everyone remembers!” he continued.
According to the Biden administration though, when they entered office, the previous administration had left them with no roadmap to the distribute vaccines throughout the U.S. This claim, it should be noted, has been challenged by critics.
The former president’s statement came the same day that Andy Slavitt, a senior advisor to President Joe Biden’s coronavirus response team, announced that one in four adults in the country have now received their first dose of a vaccine.
When Biden took the reins in January, he said that he wanted to see 100 million vaccinations administered during his first 100 days in office.
50 days into his presidency, over 95.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. since vaccination efforts commenced in mid-December, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of Thursday. Of that number, more than 62.4 million people—or 18.8% of the population—have received at least one shot, while 32.9 million people—or 9.9%—have been fully vaccinated.
Moreover, the number of daily vaccinations has surpassed two million and, according to Biden, his administration will reach their goal weeks earlier than anticipated.
This new vaccination data comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. climbs past 29 million and the number of coronavirus-related deaths soars past 529,000 since the start of the pandemic one year ago on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Right now, there are three COVID-19 vaccines federally approved in the U.S. Both the respective vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses, whereas the recently approved Johnson & Johnson one is just a single shot.
Biden has also stated that there will be enough vaccines for every American adult before the end of May. On Wednesday, the president unveiled a deal to secure 100 million more Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses. Any surplus, he said, would be shared with other countries once every single American has been vaccinated.
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