- Biden gave his first prime time address on Thursday night, declaring that all American adults would be able to have their first vaccine dose by May 1
- The President touted his administration’s work with Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to speed up production and roll-out of the shots
- But Biden did not mention Trump’s Operation Warp Speed – an initiative that many on both sides of the aisle agree has helped speed up the process
- Conservatives lashed out at the President for failing to give any credit to Trump
- Even ABC and The New York Times have acknowledged the success of Warp Speed and have criticized Biden for failing to attribute that fact
- As of Thursday, about 33.9 million Americans have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19
In his address to the nation on Thursday night, the new President proclaimed that all American adults will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine as of May 1 because of the work he had done in partnering with manufacturers of the shot.
But conservative commentators are now criticizing the Commander-in-chief for failing to acknowledge the role his predecessor played in process.
Sean Hannity led the outrage stating on his Fox News show: ‘Joe, you want unity? Why don’t you just thank Donald Trump? You want us all to get along, you say. No Trump, no vaccine, Joe. Stop trying to take credit for something, frankly, you had nothing to do with. Nothing.’
Meanwhile, Katie Pavlich told her 807,000 Twitter followers: ‘Biden taking credit for the vaccine is just absolutely astonishing, but not surprising’.
‘Who let him out of the basement?’ actor Terrence K. Williams asked. ‘Joe Biden is taking credit for the things President Trump made happen in this horrible presidential address. Operation Warp Speed created by Trump is the reason the rollout of the vaccine is successful.’
The Trump Administration established Operation Warp Speed last April to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID vaccines.
The public-private partnership has been lauded by people on both sides of the aisle. In recent days, even mainstream media outlets such as ABC and The New York Times have credited Trump with contributing the success of the vaccines.
Both publications have criticized Biden for failing to truthfully acknowledge that fact.