President Joe Biden’s administration has a really bad habit of sticking with and repeating particular narratives and selecting talking points even after they have been thoroughly debunked and disproven.
The latest example of such occurred Thursday when White House press secretary Jen Psaki once again falsely asserted that the prior administration had left “no real plan” in place for how to effectively and efficiently vaccinate the U.S. population against COVID-19, Fox News reported.
Incredibly, that particular talking point had been debunked on the very first full day of the Biden administration in January 2021 by none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci himself, who played a key role in the federal pandemic response in 2020 and was subsequently elevated by Biden to be the chief medical adviser for the White House.
Psaki telling anti-Trump lies again
During Thursday’s press briefing, Psaki addressed the impending resignation of Jeff Zients, who was picked by Biden to serve as the chief coordinator of the administration’s pandemic response efforts.
In discussing the evolution of the Biden administration’s response to the pandemic, Psaki said, “So, when we came into this administration — I would remind you it’s now a long time ago — there was no real plan. We were left no plan by our predecessors.”
“We needed to put in place a plan to not only get enough access to vaccines but also ensure there are enough vaccinators and vaccine locations. That’s a massive operational undertaking,” she continued.
PSAKI: “When we came into this administration…there was no real plan. We were left no plan by our predecessors” to get “access to vaccines.” pic.twitter.com/LE9MbaJmuD
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“Right now, we’re at a point in the process where we have all of the tools and we know the operational systems that are needed. And so, right now, it’s the appropriate time,” Psaki added. “And Jeff, of course, made this decision on his own. He extended a couple of times to stay longer through some ups and downs in the pandemic.”
Fauci said a plan was in place on the first day; Biden was fully vaccinated before the inauguration
Except, as Fox News noted, that claim from Psaki that the prior Trump administration had “left no plan” for its incoming successors isn’t true and hasn’t been true since literally the first full day of the Biden administration.
On Jan. 21, 2021, Dr. Fauci joined Psaki for that initial press briefing and said of the vaccine rollout — which was already ongoing at that time — that “We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution,” and that the new administration would simply be “amplifying” what had already been going on under the outgoing Trump administration.
Even more so than that, President Biden himself was fully vaccinated before being inaugurated, as C-SPAN reporter Craig Caplan documented in a pair of pictures posted to Twitter, with Biden receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 21, 2020, and his second dose three weeks later on Jan. 11, 2021.
Perhaps some intrepid journalist can ask Psaki how Biden was able to receive those two doses before becoming president if the previous administration had had “no plan” on how to distribute and administer those shots.