Former President Donald Trump said during an appearance on Fox Business on Wednesday morning that COVID-19 was “virtually gone” when he left office and that booster shots are a money-making scam by vaccine manufacturers.
“I’m proud of the vaccine. I’ve taken the vaccine. I’m very, very proud of it. At the same time, some people don’t want to take it, and, you know, when I was president, you didn’t have this problem with people not wanting to take it. They don’t take it because they don’t trust Biden and they don’t trust the Biden Administration. When I was president, you didn’t have people protesting the vaccine. Just think back. Everybody wanted to get it and we were giving out over a million shots a day. We had that thing rockin’,” Trump said to Mario Bartiromo.
“And he’s now president and he’s doing a lousy job with coronavirus. Coronavirus is back. If that ever happened to me where it came back, ok, when I left it was virtually gone. It was over,” Trump wrongly declared. “Now it’s coming back through the Delta and I don’t know if you even want to call it that. All you call it is the China virus. It’s back.”
The deadly anti-vaccination campaign has been orchestrated entirely by Republicans and right-wingers whose sole objective is to destroy Joe Biden’s presidency.
January of 2021 was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the United States, and for a huge chunk of 2020, Trump pretended that the coronavirus was either a hoax or no big deal even after he and then-First Lady Melania Trump were concurrently diagnosed in October.
Trump then continued to tout the efficacy of getting the inoculations, noting that those who do get vaccinated “get better much quicker. That’s a really important thing to know. They don’t get nearly as sick and they get better – [United States Senator] Lindsey Graham [R-SC] is an example – he said, ‘if I didn’t have this vaccine I would have died.'”
Bartiromo said that was a “great point,” however, she “still comes back to the idea of a booster shot, I mean, yes you’re right. The vaccines work. We’ve seen that.”
Trump said that the boosters are just a money grab.
“That sounds to me like a money-making operation from Pfizer, okay? Think of the money involved. A booster shot, that’s tens of billions of dollars. How good of a business is that? If you’re a businessman, you say, ‘You know what? Let’s give them another shot. That’s another ten billion dollars of money coming in.’ The whole thing is crazy. It doesn’t – you wouldn’t think you would need a booster – you know, when these first came out, they were good for life. Then they were good for a year or two. And I could see the writing on the wall, you could see the dollar signs in their eyes of that guy who runs Pfizer, you know, the guy that announced the day after the election that he had the vaccine. But we knew that and I knew that and the people knew that,” said Trump.
The boosters are necessary, unfortunately, because individuals refusing to get vaccinated have led to the unstoppable emergence of virulent variants that have mutated to evade the protections offered by the vaccine.
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