Though President Joe Biden has been taking a veritable victory lap in recent weeks now that the country seems close to achieving pre-pandemic normality, former President Donald Trump has issued a reminder that it was not the current commander in chief who spearheaded widespread COVID-19 vaccine distribution, regardless of what he may try to claim, as the Daily Caller reports.
Underscoring his administration’s role in the development of coronavirus vaccines, Trump said in a statement Friday, “When Biden tries to claim credit for vaccine distribution, a distribution system that was set up by the Trump Administration, he should remember that if I didn’t purchase, very early on, billions of dollars worth of the vaccine, bottles, needles, and everything else…he and his administration would not have been giving vaccinations until October or November of this year.”
Assailing the current administration for touting its own work in getting shots in Americans’ arms while downplaying the work done by their predecessors in office, Trump added, “So let them go on with their Fake Campaign and Fake Election results and Fake Media…Without the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed, millions of people would be dying all over the World that will now be saved.”
Indeed, the Biden administration has been stubborn in its refusal to acknowledge work done by the Trump administration facilitate the vaccine rollout, despite its reliance on the the systems already in place well before inauguration day, and that is fact which has long irritated the former president.
Back in March, according to ABC News, Trump lamented the lack of gratitude, saying that if it were not for decisions made during his tenure, “you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, for her part, has rebuffed the notion that Trump deserves any kudos in relation to the vaccine, saying earlier this year, “I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic.”
There was at least one rare display of candor when Biden advisor Andy Slavitt followed Psaki’s comment with an admission that he would have to “tip [his] hat to the Warp Speed program, saying, “The Trump administration made sure that we got – in record time – vaccine up and out. That’s a great thing and it is something we should all be excited about.”
In recent weeks, Biden has been trumpeting a series of milestones reached in the battle against COVID-19, including the May decision from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that vaccinated individuals would no longer need to wear masks indoors. That development, according to the president was “made possible by the extraordinary success we’ve had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly,” as ABC News reported at the time.
Despite Biden’s boastful proclamations that it was the decisive action of his administration – not Trump’s – that truly ushered in the end of the pandemic, it appears that his own widely publicized goal of administering at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to American adults by July 4 stands little chance of being met.