President Biden on Wednesday claimed credit for the success of COVID-19 vaccinations in the US while assigning Vice President Kamala Harris to lead a “tour” of the South and Midwest to win over stragglers reluctant to take the shots.
Biden hailed his own administration for the vaccine rollout, while giving only glancing credit to the Trump administration for actually developing the vaccines in historic time through Operation Warp Speed.
“Getting the vaccine is not a partisan act. The science was done under Democratic and Republican administrations. As a matter of fact, the first vaccines were authorized under a Republican president and widely developed by a Democratic president — deployed by Democratic president,” Biden said while announcing a new push to at least partially vaccinate 70 percent of Americans by July 4.
About 63 percent of US adults have received at least one shot and about 52 percent are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
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