President Biden addressed the nation Thursday night and made some claims that weren’t entirely true.
In his speech, Biden claimed that Covid-19 has taken more American lives ‘than World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and 9/11 combined.’
According to the CDC, 527,726 Americans have so far died from coronavirus – a number that is less than the 580,000 lives lost during the events mentioned by Biden.
Throughout the 24 minute address, Biden touted his administration’s vaccine rollout and made misleading claims of the timeliness of Trump’s response to the virus and the number of vaccines the former president’s administration ordered.
Biden gave his first prime time address on Thursday night, declaring that all American adults would be able to have their first vaccine dose by May 1
According to the CDC, 527,726 Americans have so far died from coronavirus – a number than is less than the 580,000 lives lost during the events mentioned
‘As of now, total deaths in America, 527,726. That’s more deaths than in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and 9/11 combined.’
Biden’s claim of a high death rate was among his biggest blunder in the speech.
Worldwide, in World War I there were 116,516 deaths, World War II saw 405,399, Vietnam had 58,220 and about 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks.
If Biden would have specified American casualties in all four events, then his math would have been correct.
‘We’re actually on track to reach this goal of 100 million shots in arms on my 60th day in office. No other country in the world has done this. None,’ he said.
The president went on to tout the number of vaccinated Americans.
While it is true that no other country has vaccinated as many people as the U.S., smaller countries have vaccines more of their total population.
The U.S. has vaccinated 95 million people – or about 19% of the population – while smaller countries like Israel, Chile and the U.K. have vaccinated more people per capita.
‘Two months ago this country didn’t have nearly enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all or anywhere near all of the American public. But soon we will,’ Biden claimed.
This is not entirely true as by the end of 2020, the Trump administration had ordered at least 800million doses that were expected for delivery by July 31, 2021, the Government Accountability Office reported.
And according to the CDC, about 62.4% of people over 65 have received one dose, with just 32.2% fully vaccinated.
The U.S. has vaccinated 95 million people – or about 19% of the population – while smaller countries like Israel, Chile and the U.K. have vaccinated more people per capita
‘When I took office 50 days ago, only 8% of Americans after months, only 8% of those over the age of 65 had gotten their first vaccination. Today, that number is 65%,’ he said.
Biden’s claim is an exaggeration.
When he took office on January 20, the vaccinations were already underway after the FDA authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use in December.
Biden’s claims of the vaccine having been available for ‘months’ is incorrect.
When he took office the vaccine had only been available for one month.
‘A year ago we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked, denials for days, weeks, then months.’
While Trump did downplay the seriousness of the pandemic for months, by this time last year Trump addressed the nation and acknowledged the threat.
The address was on March 12, 2020 and at the time Trump announced new travel restrictions for Europe.
‘I set a goal that many of you said was kind of way over the top. I said I intended to get 100 million shots in people’s arms in my first hundred days in office,’ he said.
President Biden took a shot at those who questioned his ambitious vaccine rollout plan.
According to the Washington Post, many experts called the plan ‘ambitious’ but not impossible.
The New York Times said that ‘fulfilling it will require no hiccups in manufacturing or distributing the vaccine and a willingness by Americans to be vaccinated.’
‘We’ve been working with vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, to manufacture and purchase hundreds of millions of doses of these three safe, effective vaccines,’ Biden said in his address.
He continued: ‘Now, at the direction and with the assistance of my administration, Johnson & Johnson is working together with a competitor, Merck, to speed up and increase the capacity to manufacture new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is one shot. In fact, just yesterday, I announced, and I met with the CEOs of both companies. I announced our plan to buy an additional 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines.’
Biden has since been slammed for taking sole credit for America’s vaccine roll-out, despite the fact his Administration has heavily relied on Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative.
Sean Hannity led the outrage stating on his Fox News show: ‘Joe, you want unity? Why don’t you just thank Donald Trump? You want us all to get along, you say. No Trump, no vaccine, Joe. Stop trying to take credit for something, frankly, you had nothing to do with. Nothing.’
Meanwhile, Katie Pavlich told her 807,000 Twitter followers: ‘Biden taking credit for the vaccine is just absolutely astonishing, but not surprising’.
Conservative commentators are now criticizing the Commander-in-chief for failing to acknowledge the role his predecessor played in the vaccine process
‘Who let him out of the basement?’ actor Terrence K. Williams asked. ‘Joe Biden is taking credit for the things President Trump made happen in this horrible presidential address. Operation Warp Speed created by Trump is the reason the rollout of the vaccine is successful.’
The Trump Administration established Operation Warp Speed last April to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID vaccines.
The public-private partnership has been lauded by people on both sides of the aisle. In recent days, even mainstream media outlets such as ABC and The New York Times have credited Trump with contributing the success of the vaccines.
Both publications have criticized Biden for failing to truthfully acknowledge that fact.