On Tuesday, President Joe Biden provided credit to the Trump administration for the development of the coronavirus vaccine and lauded his predecessor, Donald Trump, for receiving a booster jab, which will mark a rare moment where the two men have common ground after Inauguration Day.
During a speech from the White House regarding his administration’s attempts to look into the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Biden said “I got my booster shot as soon as they were available,” continuing further, “and just the other day former President Trump announced he had gotten his booster shot.”
He then said “It may be one of the few things he and I agree on,” adding “People with booster shots are highly protected. Join them. Join us.”
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In Tuesday’s statement, Biden also applauded the Trump administration for its attempts to develop a vaccine for the virus before when he took office.
The president said, “Let me be clear. Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” adding “Thanks to my administration and the hard work of Americans, we led a roll-out, made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms.”
The President’s remarks arrived two days later when a video was released that showed Trump being scoffed at by a crowd when he revealed that he’d got his booster jab at an event with Bill O’Reilly.
As per a video tweeted by O’Reilly, the then-Fox News host said “No Spin News” adding “Both the President and I are vaxxed,” and then questions Trump, “Did you get the booster?”
“Yes,” Trump stated to a couple of boos among the audience.
Trump then said “Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t,” and seemed to attempt to calm the boos. He added “That’s all right. It’s a very tiny group over there.”
Trump Supported the Development of Vaccines but Didn’t Seem in Full Support of Taking It
For a long period, Trump has supported his administration’s attempts to develop coronavirus vaccines, but he barely ever spoke about his vaccination status and has majorly refused to motivate others to receive it.
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The then President’s revelation is different from his past opinion. Earlier, in an interview with Wall Street Journal that was published back in September, in which Trump said that he was unlikely to receive the booster jab, calling that he believed like he was “in good shape from that standpoint” and “probably won’t” receive the booster.
He added, “I’ll look at stuff later on,” adding further “I’m not against it, but it’s probably not for me.”
In a longer video later tweeted by O’Reilly’s site, Trump cautioned backers that they are “playing right into their hands” when they remove the vaccines and don’t take credit for their development at the time of his administration.
In the video which comes just before when Trump gets the smattering boos, Trump was seen saying “Look, we did something historic. We saved tens of millions of lives worldwide. We — together. All of us, not me.”
Further, he continued to say in the video that coronavirus was ready to “ravage the country far beyond what it is right now” in case there were no vaccines developed to fight against it. But the then President also blasted the vaccine mandates by Biden.
The former president said “If you don’t want to take it, you shouldn’t be forced to take it. No mandates. But take credit, because we saved tens of millions of lives. Take credit. Don’t let them take that away from you.”
Trump, who had caught the virus while he was still serving in office, got his first vaccination out of view of the press before leaving office. Months later, reports came out that his vaccination was not recorded by the official photographers or videographers, as confirmed by a person knowing the matter.
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During his Tuesday’s speech, Biden claimed that Americans who haven’t taken vaccinations yet, “are responsible for their own choice, but those choices have been fueled by dangerous misinformation on cable TV and social media.”
Although he didn’t mention names, the outbreak of some coronavirus misinformation and anti-vaccine bluster can be because of Trump supporters and the right-wing press.
Biden added “You know, these companies and personalities are making money by peddling lies and allowing misinformation that can kill their customers and their supporters,” adding further “It’s wrong.
It’s immoral. I call on the purveyors of these lies and misinformation to stop them. Stop it now.”
Biden Putting All Efforts to Encourage People to Get Vaccinations
For long, Biden has said that the national attempt to fight against Covid-19 and restore the economy is not political, but the President has gone through reducing approval numbers that concur with a Delta variant spike and imposition of public health prohibition all over again.
On the road, along with in red states, Biden has provided few chances to motivate Americans to get vaccinated against coronavirus.
Last week, he did it in Kentucky, a state where just 53.5 percent of residents are fully vaccinated during surveying destruction caused by recent storms and tornadoes.