President Joe Biden gave former President Donald Trump some credit for developing COVID-19 vaccines during his term as president, a rare move in deeply partisan Washington.
“Getting the vaccine is not a partisan act. The science was done under Republican and Democratic administrations,” Biden said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“As a matter of fact, the first vaccines were authorized under a Republican president,” he added.
Though Biden did not mention Trump’s name, he clearly referenced the work of his predecessor.
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The remarks came as Biden seeks to increase the percentage of U.S. adults vaccinated, especially in states with lower numbers.
The Washington Examiner noted the states with the lowest rates of vaccinated adults include “some that supported the fully vaccinated Trump in 2016 and 2020: Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Missouri.”
Biden may acknowledge Trump’s involvement in the COVID-19 vaccine, but clearly seeking to be known as the president who help the nation recover from the pandemic.