Donald Trump apparently disagrees with many Republicans that the Covid-19 vaccines may be unsafe and says that he is to credit for the saving of 100 million lives.
Interviewer David Brody asked Trump if he was willing to “acknowledge” that the vaccines “were not as safe or effective as we were told by the medical community at the time.”
Trump responded that “I was able to get something approved that, you know, that has proven to have saved a lot of lives. Some people say that I saved 100 million lives worldwide,” ignoring Brody’s question about the safety of the vaccines.
Trump touted his administration’s Warp Speed program that got the vaccines through clinical trials and approvals in under a year, whereas it would have taken a minimum of five years without those efforts.
He also attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for shutting down Florida “for a period of time” in the early days of the pandemic and claimed that he never supported lockdowns, though the record says otherwise.
On March 17, 2020, Trump explicitly told Americans to follow Fauci’s stay-at-home guidelines, promising to open the country by April 12th, which didn’t happen.
Trump was then asked again whether he has concerns about the vaccines’ safety.
“You have to understand, there are the pros and cons,” said Trump. “Some reports [say] that it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened and we saved tens of millions of lives. Then you’ll read other reports [that] say there were some problems with the vaccine…but relatively small numbers.
“But you know, you have many reports that say the vaccines save tens of millions of lives,” he continued. “That without the vaccines you would have had a thing…where perhaps 100 million people died.”
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