President-elect Joe Biden spent the better part of the weeks and months leading up to the 2020 election bashing President Donald Trump and his administration on their efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Daily Caller, Biden broke down and finally recognized as he was receiving his COVID-19 vaccination that the president might deserve a little bit of credit for leading efforts to expedite the launch of and distribution of a vaccine.
“The scientists and the people who put this together, the front line workers, the people who were the ones who actually did the clinical work, it’s just amazing,” Biden said as he received his vaccination shot in his home state of Delaware on Monday.
“I think the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed. I also think that it’s worth saying that this gives great hope. I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine. There is nothing to worry about,” Biden added, presumably begrudgingly.
But he quickly went from optimistic back to his warnings of dark winters and overall doom and gloom. He also repeated his insistence that Americans listen to “experts” like Dr. Anthony Fauci and continue to wear face masks, social distance and most importantly, refrain from traveling around the holidays if one can help it.
The former vice president then killed any form of praise for the Trump administration after saying that we’re still “in the thick of it” before adding that he’s not optimistic about how the vaccine would be distributed, even though the Trump administration colluded with private industry and the U.S. military for perhaps one of the most impressive and fast rollouts of a vaccine anytime in world history.
Biden’s vaccination publicity stunt came on the heels of several other high-profile politicians receiving their shots, including Vice President Mike Pence, who was vaccinated last week, according to the Associated Press.
Trump, so far, has held off on taking the vaccine. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany fielded questions recently about when the president might receive a vaccine, to which she replied that he’ll go through with it “as soon as his medical team determines that it’s best” while noting that the president wants the most vulnerable Americans to receive the vaccination before him.