Trump says 'record numbers' getting vaccines, Biden forecasts things to get worse despite shots

Army Staff Sgt. Nigel Chen, a New York National Guardsman, administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Camp Smith Training Site Medical Readiness Clinic, New York, Dec. 18, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni)

President Trump on Tuesday bragged about his administration’s accomplishment of getting COVID-19 vaccines out of the testing laboratories and to consumers in record time while Joe Biden forecast that things will “get worse.”

The president tweeted: “Distribution of both vaccines is going very smoothly. Amazing how many people are being vaccinated, record numbers. Our Country, and indeed the World, will soon see the great miracle of what the Trump Administration has accomplished. They said it couldn’t be done!!!”

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh noted to his listeners Tuesday that two vaccines have become available “much sooner than anybody with feet planted firmly in the establishment ever acknowledged was possible.”

“They said it wasn’t possible. Trump is right about that. This is American exceptionalism on display,” he said.

“This happened because an outsider was in charge of this kind of thing, Operation Warp Speed. This is something.”

Limbaugh said a “person from the Washington establishment … wouldn’t have even tried this, folks.”

“They wouldn’t have even thought it possible. They wouldn’t have believed it possible to have a vaccine in less than 10 months. Now we’ve got two of them,” he said.

“But we would have never even had this on the table as a possibility because people inside the Beltway are not interested in solving problems or solving them quickly. That’s like the nature of all bureaucracies is not to fix things, thereby eliminating their own need. Why would you fix something if it would mean the end of you or your plan or your program or maybe even your very bureaucracy, your department?”

Biden on Tuesday reiterated his earlier prediction of a “dark winter.”

“Experts say things will get worse notwithstanding the vaccine,” Biden said. “We’re averaging a death rate of close to 3,000 a day. That means we will lose tens of thousands of more lives in the months to come, and the vaccine won’t be able to stop that.”

He told Americans to “remain vigilant,” wear masks, social distance and avoid large gatherings.

Biden said he will soon present a plan for combating the virus, including distribution of the vaccines developed under President Trump, reopening schools and aiding front-line workers.

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