White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday delivered a brutal response when asked about giving former President Donald Trump credit for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
During her daily press briefing, Psaki was asked about comments made by Admiral Brett Giroir, the former assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, who argued recently that he and his colleagues in the Trump White House should be getting more praise for the work they did in planning the distribution of the vaccine.
"I don't think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic," Psaki replied bluntly. "What our focus is on, and what the president's focus is on when he came into office just over a month ago, was ensuring that we had enough vaccines -- we are going to have them now."
Psaki went on to say that there were insufficient numbers of vaccine doses and vaccination sites when President Joe Biden took office, and that the administration was correcting that now.
Statistics compiled by Bloomberg show that the United States was averaging 900,000 vaccinations a day on January 20th, which was the day that Biden took office. As of Wednesday, the United States is currently averaging 2 million vaccinations per day.
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