The White House on Thursday made misleading claims regarding medical advances in the United States. In a post on Twitter, the White House account claimed that when Joe Biden took office as president, there were no COVID-19 vaccines available.
Early in the pandemic, President Trump had already met with entrepreneurs for vaccine development, and as early as May 15, he announced the official start of Operation Warp Speed, which was a public-private partnership initiated by the Federal Government to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacture, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
In December 2020, before the end of President Trump’s term, the first vaccine against the virus was already being administered. In fact, VP Mike Pence was one of the first politicians to be vaccinated.
“The American people can be confident: we have one, and perhaps within hours two, safe and effective vaccines for you and your families,” Pence said at the time.
In fact, the same White House account posted that Joe Biden had received the second dose of the COVID vaccine on January 13, 2021, when he had not yet taken office and Donald Trump was still at the Oval Office.
President Joe Biden himself, used his Twitter account in December 2020, before taking office, to say that he had been vaccinated.