But saying “there was no vaccine available” at the time he took office, period, goes too far — wrongly making it sound as if the whole vaccine rollout began under Biden.
And while this fact check is focused on the tweet’s claim about vaccine availability, it’s worth briefly addressing the economic claims too.
Biden is free to tout the major decline in the unemployment rate during his tenure — it has fallen from 6.4 percent in January 2021 to 3.6 percent in April 2022 — but, as usual, the President’s role in the improvement is the subject of debate. And though the tweet said that “when President Biden took office, millions were unemployed,” there are still millions of people unemployed today despite the improved jobs situation. There were about 5.9 million unemployed people in April 2022
, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Biden himself has delivered more accurate claims about vaccination progress during his presidency. He has repeatedly said
, including at least three times this month alone, that there were only 2 million people fully vaccinated at the time he took office compared to 220 million people fully vaccinated today.
Though the real number of fully vaccinated people at the time he took office was more than 3 million — Biden might have been relying on preliminary initial data
that put the number around 2 million — Biden’s “2 million” figure is certainly much closer to the truth than the White House’s tweeted claim that “there was no vaccine available.”
Biden also said
in an April 2021 speech that 8 percent of people over the age of 65 had received a shot at the time he took office. (He was noting that this figure had since increased to 75 percent.)
The White House declined to comment on Friday.