The White House frantically backtracked May 14th from its earlier false claims that there were no COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States when Joe Biden took office.
“We previously misstated that vaccines were unavailable in January 2021. We should have said that they were not widely available,” the White House wrote in a Saturday tweet. “Vaccines became available shortly before the President came into office. Since then, he’s responsible for fully vaccinating over 200 million people.”
We previously misstated that vaccines were unavailable in January 2021. We should have said that they were not widely available.
Vaccines became available shortly before the President came into office. Since then, he’s responsible for fully vaccinating over 200 million people. https://t.co/rHJ0GZ63Dy
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 13, 2022
Previously, the Biden administration had actually written in a Friday post on Twitter that when Biden took office, “millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available.
“In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded,” the Biden White House further claimed.
The Biden administration’s Twitter post provoked a flurry of online criticism pointing out its inaccuracy: The vaccine was indeed available before Biden took office.
Biden himself got the vaccine prior to ending up being President.
“Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot,” Biden wrote in a December 2020 tweet.
“And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it,” Biden wrote.
Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine.
To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot.
And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it. pic.twitter.com/QBtB620i2V
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 22, 2020
If there was “no vaccine offered” as the Biden administration’s Friday tweet had actually at first declared, then Biden ought to not have actually had the ability to get the vaccine.
Criticism of the tweet varied from Twitter posts explaining errors in the Biden administration’s preliminary declaration to those mentioning declared double standards in the method Twitter executes its COVID-19 false information policy.
Throughout the very first year of the pandemic, Twitter utilized to slap labels on Republican previous President Donald Trump’s Twitter posts on COVID-19 stating the previous President’s tweets “breached the Twitter Rules about spreading out possibly hazardous and deceptive info related to Covid-19.”
Twitter did not publish such a label for the Biden administration’s Friday tweet.
“Sorry, not good enough. You spread COVID-related misinformation and now must be banned. Isn’t that how it still works?” Republican Virginia House Delegate Nick Freitas tweeted in response to the White House’s Friday post on Twitter.
“I am a health care worker had my vaccine in 12/20 so yes they were available to all the men and women who worked so very hard during the pandemic,” one Twitter user wrote.
The Republican Party’s Deputy Director of Rapid Response Jake Schneider composed, “Thank you, President Trump! #GreatMAGAKing” in reaction to the White House’s tweet.
Schneider appeared to be referencing Operation Warp Speed, a Trump administration-initiated public-private collaboration that looked to rapidly establish, make and disperse vaccines versus COVID-19.
Operation Warp Speed assisted to establish a system that the Biden administration commonly depended upon for its immunization objectives for the nation.
Regardless of the Biden administration’s use of systems established by the Trump administration, Biden and leading Biden administration authorities have actually declined to share or offer credit with President Trump, ABC reported.
Numerous “wins” promoted by the Biden administration in the vaccination front of the country’s battle versus the pandemic are straight connected to work done by the Trump administration, the outlet reported.