During an address on 2/25/21, Former Vice President Biden continued repeating what appear to be misleading claims about the previous administration’s vaccine plans.
“We’re moving in the right direction though, despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration. Which left us with no real plan to vaccinate all Americans. And every time we administer another fifty million shots, I’m going to use that milestone to report to the American people on our vaccination program on our fight against this pandemic.”
The comment of “no real plan” is questionable since the Trump administration had a verified plan to distribute vaccinations on a mass scale, a feat that many thoughts was impossible to accomplish.
Biden’s comments come after both he and Current Vice President Harris were called out over similar claims.
On February 15th, Harris was fact-checked by Politifact when she said during an interview with Axios, “there was no stockpile … of vaccines. There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year!”
Politifact fact-checked her statement in a tweet that read, “.@VP told @mikeallen that ‘there was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations’ and that Biden admin was ‘starting from scratch.’ That’s wrong. The Trump admin had a plan to distribute to locations chosen by states and let them take it from there.”
.@VP told @mikeallen that “there was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations” and that Biden admin was “starting from scratch.” That’s wrong. The Trump admin had a plan to distribute to locations chosen by states and let them take it from there. https://t.co/0MoQ8OnpoN pic.twitter.com/nYb8r5gPKz
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 15, 2021
Biden, during a CNN town hall event in Milwaukee, made a similar gaffe when he said, “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office, but a vaccinator, how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”
It was a verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe, as he had already mentioned 50 million doses being available when he took office. Ex Trump officials should especially cool the outrage meter, as it just looks silly. https://t.co/HFjH01lXgH
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 17, 2021
This comment is also verifiably false, especially given that his own NIAID Director (Fauci) said about vaccine distribution, “we certainly are not starting from scratch.”