Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler defended President Joe Biden after he falsely claimed that vaccines were unavailable before he took office, dismissing it as “a verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe” while instructing critics to “cool the outrage meter” on the president’s outright falsehood.
Biden made the false claim during Tuesday evening’s town hall with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“There’s just not all of a sudden 600 million doses are going to appear,” Biden said regarding coronavirus vaccines. “What’s going to happen is it’s going to continue to increase as we move along, and we’ll have reached 400 million by the end of May and 600 million by the end of July.”
“The biggest thing, though, as you remember, when you and I— I shouldn’t say it that way as you remember— when you and I talked last we talked about, it’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t