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Media Claim Trump Failed on Vaccines. Levin Unburies GAO Audit Saying Otherwise  

By A. Kim | March 15, 2021 | 5:25pm EDT
Conservative talk-show host Mark Levin speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2016. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Conservative talk-show host Mark Levin speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2016. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

"There’s a huge propaganda effort underway by the Biden campaign,” conservative commentator Mark Levin said on his Fox News show, “Life, Liberty, and Levin” Sunday, to make the public believe President Joe Biden spearheaded "developing vaccines, distributing vaccines, that there were no vaccines when he came into office."

Although the media continue to praise Biden for his development and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine, Levin cited a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that suggested otherwise, giving former President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed a "sterling review."

"What the Trump administration did, never done in American history before: rather than bet on one or two [vaccines], it helped subsidize and capitalize all of them," Levin said.

Here is the full transcript of the segment:

Mark Levin: There’s a huge propaganda effort underway by the Biden campaign. And they want the American people to believe that Joe Biden was in charge of developing vaccines, distributing vaccines, that there were no vaccines when he came into office, there was no plan to get them, and there was a terrible shortage. As a matter of fact, they couldn’t find 20 million of them at some point. And come May, the end of May, everybody who needs or wants a vaccination will get a vaccination thanks to Joe Biden.

The media have refused to unravel this and to tell you the truth. And I can’t spend the whole program on it, but I want to spend this part of the program on it as a perfect example. Did you know that there’s a Government [Accountability] Office report on this subject right here, in front of my hands, over 50 pages? Do you know that this report that was issued in February is a sterling review, for the most part, of Operation Warp Speed that took place during the Trump administration? Do you know that there have been checks on what Joe Biden has been saying, even by fairly liberal institutions that have seriously questioned the lies that are coming out of this White House and out of this president’s mouth.

I’ll give you some examples. The Trump administration contracted for 100 million doses from Pfizer, 100 million doses from Moderna, 100 million doses from Johnson and Johnson, 300 million doses from AstraZeneca, 100 million doses from Novavax, and another 100 million doses from GlaxoSmithKline, in other words, a total of 800 million doses, before any vaccine had been finally developed, before any vaccine had been approved -- 800 million doses, which would be enough for 400 million people;some of them, of course, require 2 shots. They did this during the summer, last summer. So they weren’t even sure which vaccine would work, but what the Trump administration did, never done in American history before: rather than bet on one or two, it helped subsidize and capitalize all of them.

Dec. 23. By Dec. 23, we know that Pfizer and Moderna have vaccines that work, 95% effective. They announced it days after the election, as if holding back the information. Absolutely outrageous. Now on Dec. 23, when the Trump administration realized that only Pfizer and only Moderna had received emergency authorization, the Trump administration went in and ordered another 200 million doses from both companies. The problem is, the companies can only produce so many, not because of screw-ups or anything like that, but to gain access to the elements and the materials, to gain access to the expertise, the employees, to ramp up that high. And they are not only competing with other companies in the United States -- as the report points out -- they are competing with companies around the world, they’re competing with countries around the world. So Trump gave the directive to HHS, to figure out ways to get around it -- not to get around the science, but to get around the blocks, the bottlenecks, and so forth. And they did. And they did. During this period, Operation Warp Speed and the Trump administration, as the GAO report points out, you had these companies working together. One of the reasons we were able to do this so quickly is they did things they'd never done before. Rather than myopically staying in their own lane, they started to share information. They even started to share certain tests. And some of them decided to go in different directions when they felt that that different direction might be more beneficial. We have never seen coordination like this before. We had never seen affirmative steps taken by a government like this before. And Joe Biden should know because for eight years he was vice president, and in 2006 and 7 they screwed up on H1-N1. They didn’t get a vaccine until it was too late and the vaccine was not all that effective in the first place. 

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