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President Joe Biden gave an interview on CNN this week where he made several controversial statements. Among them included a claim that in Black, Latino, and particularly rural communities, people don’t know how to navigate the Internet to register for appointments to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“A lot of people don’t know how to register, not everybody in the Hispanic and African American community in rural areas (…) know how to determine how to get in line for Covid vaccination,” the President mentioned in a comment that was criticized along with others related to the genocide perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur minority in China and the false claim that the Administration took office without available vaccines against the coronavirus.
President Joe Biden refused to condemn the genocide against the Uyghurs. At one point, he even seemed to justify it by making the comment that “culturally there are different norms”, generating criticism and outrage on social media.
Biden, too, made a false claim about COVID-19 vaccines, explaining that, when he took office, there was no vaccine available.
“It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office, and a vaccinator, how do you put the vaccine in somebody’s arm? Then you need the paraphernalia, you need the needle, you need the mechanisms to be able to get it in, you have to have people who can inject it into people’s arms,” Biden said.
He added, “What we did, we got to the office and discovered the supply (…) there was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking.”
Prior to Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris also lied about the coronavirus vaccination organization and plan. Much of the mainstream media, so far, have ignored the false claims of the president and his VP.
“Fact-checkers at CNN and The Washington Post – and the mainstream media in general – shrugged off Vice President Kamala Harris’ false claim about “starting from scratch” the process of distributing and vaccinating doses against COVID-19,” as stated in a previous article in El American.
Harris lied when she claimed that the Biden administration did not inherit a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan. “There was no national strategy or vaccination plan. We were leaving it up to states and local leaders to figure it out. And so, in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost a full year,” Harris said.
In reality, the Trump Administration did leave vaccines available for the incoming administration and, moreover, had a distribution plan for the vaccines.
In fact, last month, White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci debunked a CNN report that contained a claim quite similar to Harris’ comment. “We’re certainly not starting from scratch because there is activity in the distribution,” Fauci said during a White House press briefing.
When Donald Trump was President, the United States ranked first globally for countries that had supplied the most doses against COVID-19. Joe Biden’s Administration stayed on that path and the country remains in first place in doses administered.
Has vaccine distribution improved?
In raw numbers, the answer is yes. But it makes sense. The United States, a few days after Biden took office, had administered some 22.73 million vaccines. Today that number is considerably higher: 53 million, approximately. But vaccination had been improving and that hospital systems were already becoming more adequate to the inoculation process.
In the final days of the Trump administration, states were administering an average of about 1.16 million doses per day (that’s in the last week of the Republican administration) and by Monday, January 25th, those vaccinated had risen to nearly 1.5 million. President Biden was only days into his ascension and was continuing the plan implemented by the Trump Administration.
Today that figure is 1.67 million doses administered per day, according to data from The New York Times. A considerable increase, but not out of the ordinary if one follows the improvement of the process day by day.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.