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Mitch McConnell rips Joe Biden’s May 1 target is ‘walk-back’ from April

Mitch McConnell rips Joe Biden’s May 1 target for all adults to be able to schedule their vaccine shots as a ‘walk-back’ from when Anthony Fauci said ‘open season’ would start in APRIL

  • McConnell said Biden’s goal was not ‘audacious’ since Fauci predicted it last month
  • He also said the administration did not inherit a vaccine ‘shambles’
  • Biden said U.S. will reach 100 million shots his 60th day in office
  • Nation now averaging 2.4 million shots per day 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tore into President Joe Biden Monday for pitching a May 1 goal of getting all adults lined up for vaccines that is not as ‘audacious’ as it seems.  

McConnell called the target a ‘walk-back,’ after Biden delivered a prime-time speech last week touting achievements in vaccine distribution even while pointing to the deadly toll of the virus. 

‘The President announced another supposedly audacious goal on Thursday: That all adults in all 50 states should be eligible to schedule vaccinations by May 1st,’ McConnell said in a floor speech Monday, days after Biden signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

Sen. Mitch McConnell said President Biden’s 100 million vaccine shot goal by May 1st wasn’t audacious

‘Here’s the problem: Dr. Fauci said a month ago that we’d be there by April,’ McConnell said.

He pointed to comments by infection disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci last month that ‘I would imagine by the time we get to April, that will be what I would call… ‘open season’ … namely, virtually everybody and anybody in any category could start to get vaccinated.’

‘So the President’s announcement of May 1st wasn’t ambitious good news; it was a walk-back,’ McConnell said.

He spoke days after Biden signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that cleared Congress under special budget rules without Republican support.

Biden announced Monday he has designated former White House official Gene Sperling to push relief out the door quickly. 

The blast from the powerful Republican comes after Biden also took heat for his vaccination goals, including delivering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days – a goal Biden now says the nation will meet on his 60th day in office. 

McConnell cited comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci last month

McConnell cited comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci last month

President Biden said the nation may reach 100 million shots by his 60th day in office

President Biden said the nation may reach 100 million shots by his 60th day in office

McConnell called it a myth’ that the administration ‘inherited a shambles on vaccines.’ 

‘A million shots per day was just the pace that the Biden Administration inherited. We averaged more than a million shots per day the week of the Inauguration. We totaled more than 1.5 million the day President Biden was sworn in,’ said McConnell.

He accused the administration of trying to ‘rewrite history.’ The incoming Biden team has credited the Trump team for initial work to develop vaccines, but said there was not sufficient preparation for getting shots into people’s arms. 

The early rollout has been slowed by clunky websites and public confusion over changing vaccine categories in the states. 

The administration has used the Defense Production Act and other tools to boost production and vaccine distribution, and public support for Biden on handling the pandemic has risen. 

Senior coronavirus advisor Dr. Andy Slavitt told reporters Monday that over the last seven days, the U.S. is now averaging 2.4 million shots per day.   

‘So, for the record, there were 3.2 million shots reported administered on Saturday and 2.7 million on Sunday. This is an enormously complex effort, and it’s a result of the work of tens of thousands of people who are going above and beyond the call of duty,’ he said.

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