Top Biden COVID Adviser Admits Trump Was Successful with Operation Warp Speed
'I would absolutely tip my hat' to the Trump administration
Joe Biden's White House senior COVID-19 advisor acknowledged Donald Trump's success with the rapid development and rollout of coronavirus vaccines under Operation Warp Speed.
Andy Slavitt said the Trump administration's accomplishment is something he would "absolutely" tip his hat to.
Slavitt said he was grateful for Trump's work on vaccines prior to Biden taking office.
"I would absolutely tip my hat," he told Fox News's Bill Hemmer about his take on the success of Operation Warp Speed.
"This is a scientific process that actually began more than a decade ago with scientists inside the NIH...creating this mRNA vaccine," Slavitt said.
"I think the Trump administration made sure that we got — in record time — a vaccine up and out."
"That's a great thing and something we should all be excited about."
Hemmer then asked Slavitt why there were members of the Biden administration "talking about the shelves being empty," noting, "on inauguration day, you had what. 1.5 million shots in the arms of Americans."
"Look, I don't think this is an effort to point fingers," Slavitt replied.
The Biden administration has previously said that the Trump administration left them "a mess" on Covid vaccination and President Joe Biden himself called Trump's vaccine rollout in the early days a "dismal failure."
Kamala Harris claimed the Biden administration had to start from "scratch," which was even debunked by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said "we certainly are not starting from scratch" on vaccine distribution.
Slavitt was asked if Biden would give Trump any credit for his role in the vaccine rollout.
"He will try to look forward and talk about the commitments that he has made and that we've got to make to getting the country vaccinated, to getting people back up and standing," Slavitt replied.
"Our view is there really are no bad guys here. We are going to succeed together, or we are going to fail together."
But last month, Biden claimed America “didn’t have” a coronavirus vaccine when he came into office.
During CNN town hall, Biden made the statement, despite health care workers receiving the first COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December 2020, over a month before he was sworn in.
“There’s just not all of a sudden 600 million doses are going to appear."
"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," Biden added.
"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 have when we came into office, but a vaccinator."How do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”
ICYMI - Biden claims during CNN Town Hall there was no vaccine when he came into office, while he himself received the first dose back in 2020, and on Trump’s last day in office, the U.S. performed over 1 million vaccinations.pic.twitter.com/7uSag7OoM7— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) February 17, 2021