For the last two months, the Biden administration has alternated between giving themselves credit for the coronavirus vaccine rollout and blaming the Trump administration when things don’t go so well.
But the fact remains that Biden can brag about vaccines being available now because of actions that occurred during the Trump administration. Some of them were approved for distribution before the end of 2020, which Trump correctly predicted would happen at a time when his media critics and Democrats like Biden and Kamala Harris were undermining public confidence in the likelihood that it would become available in record time as well as on the safety of it.
“[Operation Warp Speed] and the recruitment of Dr. Moncef Slaoui was an incredibly important step forward that the administration deserves credit for because that did motivate a lot of actions, a lot of coordination.
The fact that we in December had not one but two vaccines that had gone through trials of at least 30,000 participants and had been judged safe and effective by a very rigorous and very public FDA process – it’s just breathtaking that that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus. It’s at least five years faster than it’s ever been done before.”
On Wednesday, the former president himself weighed in on the vaccine, expertly trolling Biden and his media critics with a reminder of his administration’s work on it, suggesting it was unlikely one would have even been ready for distribution at all under Biden had it not been for OWS:
“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 a statement.
“I hope everyone remembers!” he continued.
Donald Trump statement on Biden's vaccine plan.
"If I wasn't President, you wouldn't be getting that beautiful shot for 5 years, at best." pic.twitter.com/rhJd0JzgN2
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) March 10, 2021
I’m preparing myself for the avalanche of “fact checks” we’re likely to see in the coming days on Trump’s statement, especially the “five years” part, but considering Dr. Collins’ comments about how “it’s at least five years faster than it’s ever been done before,” the supposed fact-checkers won’t have much of a leg to stand on (though that won’t stop them from trying).
That said, it was rather amusing to see certain reactions from some in the media to the statement, like CNN’s resident media hall monitor Brian Stelter and disgraced former CBS News journo Dan Rather:
Trump wants credit for the vaccine, but didn't participate in this?! https://t.co/Y8qNgKWdtc
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 11, 2021
Trump would put his name on the vaccine syringes if he could but all the Trump syringes were allocated for bleach injections.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) March 11, 2021
As I said on Twitter this morning, they just cannot quit Trump. They simply don’t have it in them to do it. It’s hilarious, considering how loudly they cheered when Trump was banned from Twitter.
In reality, I imagine they sit in their home TV studios anxiously waiting for word of another Trump statement. He’s like a drug to the media. Without him, they really are lost. Something tells me it won’t be long before they receive their next Trump fix. Stay tuned.