Although President Joe Biden has attempted to take credit for the widespread distribution of multiple COVID-19 vaccines, his predecessor is making it clear that he believes the current White House does not deserve such accolades.
In a statement on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump reminded Americans that it was his administration that oversaw the development of vaccines already injected into millions of citizens.
“Probably wouldn’t be getting it at all”
Despite losing access to most major social media platforms, the ex-president continues to issue statements on various topics through his office and political action committee, Save America PAC.
As Trump argued in his statement this week, he deserves praise for initiating a process that led to the rapid development of an effective strategy against the pandemic virus.
“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,” he proclaimed, according to The Washington Times.
Trump concluded the brief statement with a reiteration of his point: “I hope everyone remembers!”
His assertion came in the wake of an announcement from the Biden administration that it had reached an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to purchase 100 million more doses of its recently approved vaccine.
Trump continues to address Americans
The current administration has sought to capitalize on the situation by highlighting an agreement between Johnson & Johnson and its rival, Merck, to ramp up the production of the one-shot inoculations.
Between that vaccine and the two-dose shots from Moderna and Phizer, the latest estimates indicate that about 62 million Americans have received at least one injection, and about 33 million are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Of course, it was under the Trump administration that Operation Warp Speed, a public-private initiative, developed viable vaccines without an abundance of unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were fully developed, tested, and authorized for emergency use prior to Trump leaving office earlier this year.
Trump’s message emphasizing his record bore a striking similarity to the type of tweets he frequently posted throughout his term in the White House. He was summarily banned from Twitter and other platforms in the aftermath of a riot on Capitol Hill in January.