Fauci criticizes the White House’s incorrect statement that there was no vaccine until Biden took office


Dr. Anthony Fauci smiled, laughed and pleaded ignorance when asked on CNN why the Biden administration tweeted a claim that it had deployed COVID vaccines across the United States.

He said “I just can’t explain it,” when asked by CNN host Jake Tapper about Friday’s incorrect tweet.

Fauci added that he had nothing to do with sending the tweet and that he cannot be held responsible for every social media post sent by the White House, for which he is the COVID czar.

“When President Biden took office, millions of people were unemployed and there was no vaccine available,” reads the offending missive.

“Over the past 15 months, the economy has created 8.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate is 3.6% – the fastest drop in unemployment to start a new term for a president. never recorded,” read a Thursday afternoon tweet.

The allegation is incorrect. The first vaccination against Covid-19 in the United States took place in December 2020 when former President Donald Trump was still residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dr. Anthony Fauci laughed off an erroneous tweet from the White House on Friday

The tweet pointed to how President Biden was responsible for rolling out the vaccine

The tweet pointed to how President Biden was responsible for rolling out the vaccine

Fauci could do nothing but laugh as he was unable to provide an explanation for the tweet

Fauci could do nothing but laugh as he was unable to provide an explanation for the tweet

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – a collaboration between a US pharmaceutical giant and a German biotech company – was the first Covid-19 vaccine to be approved by US regulators.

When asked on Friday, Dr. Fauci could only laugh and was unable to offer an explanation.

“When President Biden took office millions of people were unemployed and there was no vaccine available and it continues from there but as you know that is not true. It may not have been widely available, but it was available,’ CNN’s Jake Tapper told Fauci.

“Over 3 million Americans had been fully vaccinated, over 18 million had at least one vaccine by inauguration day. I think President Biden, then President-elect Biden, had two shots then. You’re the president’s chief medical adviser. Why is the White House politicizing the pandemic by tweeting that there was no vaccine available until Joe Biden became president? asked Taper.

Next, President-elect Joe Biden is pictured receiving his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020

Next, President-elect Joe Biden is pictured receiving his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020

COVID vaccines were first distributed in December 2020 under President Trump

COVID vaccines were first distributed in December 2020 under President Trump

“You know Jake, I’m sorry. I can’t explain every tweet that comes out. You are talking to the wrong person. I did not participate in the tweet. I just can’t explain it. Sorry,’ Fauci replied, but Tapper wasn’t finished.

“I know you can’t explain it. But you would certainly agree that it is important to have facts when it comes to claims made about the vaccine, whether it comes from the Trump White House or the Biden White House. Surely you would agree that there were vaccines available before Joe Biden became president? Tap pushed.

‘Yes. Sure. He got vaccinated. And others have been vaccinated. Purely accurate, this is not a correct statement. But he just came out. I’m sorry. I can’t do anything about it Jake,’ Fauci continued.

Less than an hour after Fauci’s interview, the White House tweeted for the second time noting its error.

“We previously incorrectly stated that the vaccines were not available in January 2021. We should have said that they were not widely available.

“The vaccines became available shortly before the president took office. Since then he has been responsible for fully vaccinating over 200 million people,” the tweet said.

The White House then tweeted a correction but left Thursday's erroneous tweet in place.

The White House then tweeted a correction but left Thursday’s erroneous tweet in place.

Earlier this week, the United States recorded more than one million deaths from COVID-19, reaching a milestone about two years after the first cases upended daily life and quickly transformed it.

The million mark is a stark reminder of the staggering grief and loss caused by the pandemic even as the threat posed by the virus wanes in the minds of many people and represents approximately one death for every 327 Americans, more than all of the population of San Francisco or Seattle.

By the time the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, the virus had claimed 36 lives in the United States.

In the months that followed, the deadly virus spread like wildfire, finding fertile ground in densely populated urban areas such as New York and then reaching every corner of the country.

The death toll in the United States had surpassed the country’s total military deaths in World War I and it would exceed US military casualties from World War II by January 2021, when more than 405,000 deaths were recorded.

The disease has left few places on Earth untouched, with 6.7 million confirmed deaths worldwide.

The true toll, including those who died from COVID-19 as well as those who perished as a result of the outbreak indirectly, was likely closer to 15 million, the WHO said.


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