People Are Free to Make Their Own Decisions
Former President Donald Trump once again publicly defended COVID19 vaccines and their effectiveness but condemned the masks and vaccine warrants in an online interview.
His remarks go against the opposition to the vaccine from many of his supporters and come just days after he was booed for telling a conservative audience he had received a booster.
The vaccine “was one of the greatest achievements; we did it in less than nine months,” Trump told conservative political commentator Candace Owens in an episode of his web series, hosted by conservative news site Daily Wire.
“Some people aren’t taking it; the ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine, but it’s still their choice. And if you take the vaccine, you’re protected,” Trump said.
He interrupted the remarks after Owens; he said more people died from COVID under President Joe Biden than under Trump, and “more people took the vaccine this year.”
The COVID19 vaccine was not widely available until early spring 2021 after Biden had already assumed the presidency, and many COVID19 deaths were among those unvaccinated.
Some other factors such as the end of masking and social distancing warrant in many local jurisdictions as new variants of the virus also contributed to deaths from COVID19 in 2021. “Look; the results of the vaccine are very good.
And if you do get [COVID-19 after vaccination], it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine,” Trump said.
Trump Pushes Back
Trump and Owens have both expressed their continued opposition to the vaccine and mask warrants.
Trump also said a previous COVID19 infection protects against the same way as the vaccine experts who claim that the protection against the vaccine and a booster is stronger than the protection against a previous disease.
“Forget about the mandates, people have to have their freedom, but at the same time, the vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind … I came up with a vaccine — with three vaccines,” Trump said.
“All are very, very good; came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years.”
In an appearance, last weekend with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Trump who has in the past seemed reluctant to fully push vaccines developed under his administration, argued that his supporters should embrace them and “take credit” because “we did something historic; we saved tens of millions of lives worldwide.”
Are Trump and Biden on the Same Page?
Trump was questioned by O’Reilly if he had received a booster and replied, “Yes,” triggering some boos. “Don’t, don’t, don’t,” Trump replied to the crowd before pointing and saying, “That’s all right. It’s a very tiny group over there.”
Biden called the former president by the name, ” Just the other day former President Trump announced he had gotten his booster shot. Maybe one of the few things he and I agree on,” Biden said.
Also said that “thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” referring to Operation Warp Speed. This government effort was supposed to speed up the development of the COVID19 vaccine.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke on Thursday; and told Alex Presha that “the most effective voices are local voices” and made it even that cooperation between Biden and Trump to encourage vaccination is not in the works.
“I don’t know that we think it requires a partnership,” Psaki said.