Covid: President Biden’s feedback on vaccines fact-checked


By Reality Check team
BBC News

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President Joe Biden has been making the case for requiring Americans to be vaccinated.

In a televised speech, he said the unvaccinated were responsible for the rise in hospitalisations and made a series of claims about the US vaccine rollout.

We’ve been checking them out.

‘Before I took office, we hadn’t ordered enough vaccines for every American. Just weeks in office, we did.’

It’s true that the Trump administration hadn’t ordered enough doses to vaccinate every American – but they had secured hundreds of millions of jabs which the Biden administration subsequently rolled out.

Mr Trump secured 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna vaccines – the three jabs now authorised for use in the US.

That’s not enough to fully vaccinate the entire US population of more than 320 million people, as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses.

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