Announcing that 200 million coronavirus vaccination shots have now been administered, President Joe Biden grossly misstated the coronavirus vaccine performance of the Trump Administration, making a false comparison of the two presidencies.
Biden claimed Wednesday that, under Trump, vaccines would not have reached the 200 million mark until September, “at the earliest”:
“Today, we hit 200 million shots on the 92nd day in office. Two hundred million shots in a hundred days, in under a hundred days, actually. It’s an incredible achievement for the nation.
“And, here’s the context:
“At the pace we were moving when I took office, it would have taken us more than 220 days, almost seven and a half months to reach 200 million shots.
“Instead of marking this milestone in April, we would not have seen it until early September, at the earliest.”
Biden’s claim that it would have taken “more than 200 days” under Trump appears to be nearly double the actual time it would’ve taken if vaccinations continued at the pace they were at when he took office, on January 20, 2021.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1,555,121 shots were given on January 20 and the total number of doses administered to-date as of the previous day had reached 15,707,588. Thus, to reach 200 million shots, an additional 184,292,412 more needed to be administered.
At Trump’s final-day pace of 1,555,121, it would have taken 119 days (not “more than 220”) and the 200 million mark would have been reached in May (not “early September, at the earliest).
Trump may have hit 200 million even earlier, given that the number of vaccinations being administered daily had been steadily increasing. On January 1, 2021, an average 397,662 shots per day were administered in the previous seven-day period. By January 20, the seven-day moving average had topped the one million mark (1,009,996 per day).