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Nicolle Wallace gem: ‘Operation Warp Speed didn’t do anything to get a needle in the arms’ of Americans

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace tore into Sen. Tim Scott after his response to President Joe Biden’s first address to a truncated joint session of Congress, hitting back on the South Carolina Republican’s praise of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines developed in record time.

“This is a speech delivered from a planet where facts don’t matter which is where the current Republican Party resides, so it’s really not his fault,” Wallace said. “But it is his responsibility to get his facts straight. He said this: ‘Biden inherited a country that had already rounded the bend on COVID.’ 4,000 people per day were dying in January, so I don’t know, again, on what planet we had rounded the bend.”

“And Operation Warp Speed didn’t do anything to get a needle in the arms, so a lot of disinformation. It felt almost scripted by someone close to the president who wanted that revisionist history,” she then said in a claim that is demonstrably erroneous.

Wallace, a former White House Communications Director for President George W. Bush, went on to rip Scott over his praise of a voter integrity law passed earlier this year in Georgia, which was heavily criticized by Democrats and the CEOs of dozens of major corporations.

But it was her false statement about Trump’s rapid vaccine development program that turned the most heads — and drew the most pushback — online.

“Insane that this gem came right after she called Tim Scott a liar,” wrote Washington Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher on Twitter.

Added conservative writer and pundit Stephen Miller: “The first Covid vaccinations occurred in December of 2020. This is a lie and her colleagues will let her get away with it.”

“This is hilarious. The needle, not the vaccine, is what’s really important, says television news hero,” National Review senior writer David Harsanyi noted.

Other users chimed in as well.

In fact, COVID-19 vaccines were given to Americans outside a clinical trial setting beginning December 14, more than a month before Biden took office, with a nurse in New York City being the first, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

The Trump administration had set up 55 vaccination sites around the country and was set to expand to more than 630 locations within days of the launch, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operation officer for Operation Warp Speed, told reporters. In all, nearly 3 million doses were ready to be administered to the most vulnerable Americans.

The vaccine roll-out β€œwill be logistically and socially and medically the largest unfolding of a vaccination program ever conducted,” Dr. Howard Markel, professor of medical history at the University of Michigan, told the WSJ at the time. β€œWe’ve never had such a massive campaign in the middle of a pandemic.”

By the time Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, approximately 1 million Americans per day were receiving vaccines, though historically, vaccines take years to test, develop, manufacture and distribute.

Jon Dougherty

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