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Slaoui, McDaniel say President Trump deserves more credit for vaccine rollout than Biden is giving

A nurse fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A nurse fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A nurse fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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UPDATED 8:38 AM PT – Monday, March 22, 2021

As more Americans continue to get vaccinated daily, Operation Warp Speed officials are reminding the nation of the Trump administration’s efforts.

In an interview Sunday, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the former head of the initiative, said President Trump should be hailed for the majority of the COVID-19 vaccine’s success.

Dr. Slaoui said the Trump administration lead the vaccine rollout and should take credit for at least 90 percent of distributions so far. He went on to say Biden’s comments claiming the Trump administration had no vaccine plan is untrue and a “negative description of reality.”

Dr. Slaoui said it would have been impossible to get enough vaccines compared to people’s expectations.

“Of course, the first thing was to accelerate the development of the vaccine,” he stated. “We constructed specifically 100 million doses of vaccine, but also built into the contract options to acquire more vaccines once we knew they are effective and the plan was to order more vaccines when we knew they are more effective.”

Meanwhile, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also took aim at Biden for “falsely claiming credit” for his predecessor’s vaccine accomplishments. She pointed out that during the 2020 campaign, Biden encouraged Americans not to trust Operation Warp Speed even when vaccine distribution under Trump was rapidly accelerating.

McDaniel went on to point out only 1 percent of funding in the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package goes toward vaccines.

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