President Joe Biden on Thursday downplayed the numbers behind the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as he stretched to take all credit for the surge of shots while in office.
Take a look at his remarks during the CNN Town Hall event:
Biden: “When I was first elected, there were only 2 million people who had COVID shots in the United States – and the vaccine. Now we got 190 million, because I went out and bought everything I could and had in sight and it worked.”
Fact: No, the rollout of the vaccine in the US is not like that. Biden is exaggerating his share.
First, it is not true that two million people had shots when they were elected in November. Vaccines for COVID-19 were still waiting for emergency authorization. The first shot was administered to the public in mid-December.
By January 20, the day Biden took office, nearly 16 million doses had been given. And Biden didn’t buy all the doses — the Trump administration bought 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna in December, weeks before Biden’s inauguration.
The Trump administration’s vaccine plan fell short of its goals and faced chaos out of the gate. On Inauguration Day, less than half of the 36 million doses distributed to states by the federal government were administered.
Still, the plan set the stage for an expediting vaccination that didn’t happen simply because Biden “goed out and bought everything I could.”
Seitz reported from Columbus, Ohio. David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island contributed to this report.
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