“I got my booster shot as soon as they became available,” Biden said during a White House speech about his administration’s efforts to tackle the Omicron variant of Covid-19, adding: “and recently announced former President Trump indicated he had gotten his booster shot.”
“It might be one of the few things he and I can agree on,” Biden continued. “People with booster shots are very protected. Join them. Join us.”
According to data recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to test positive and 20 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than fully vaccinated people who also have a vaccine. have been boosted.
During Tuesday’s speech, Biden also praised the Trump administration for its efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine before taking office.
“Let me be clear. Thanks to the previous administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” Biden said. “Thanks to my administration and the hard work of Americans, we have led a rollout that has made America one of the world leaders in gun ownership.”
According to the video tweeted by O’Reilly’s “No Spin News,” the former Fox News host said, “Both the president and I have been vaxxed,” then asks Trump, “Did you get the booster?”
“Yeah,” Trump said to a few booers in the audience.
“Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t,” Trump said, seemingly to assuage the booing. ‘That does not matter. It’s a very small group there.’
Trump has long supported his administration’s efforts to develop Covid vaccines, but he rarely discusses his vaccination status and has largely refused to encourage others to get it.
“I’ll look into things later,” he added. “I’m not against it, but it’s probably not for me.”
In a longer video later tweeted by O’Reilly’s site, Trump warned supporters that they are “playing into the hands” by rejecting the vaccines and taking no credit for their development during his administration.
“Look, we’ve done something historic. We’ve saved tens of millions of lives worldwide. We — together. All of us, not me,” Trump said in the video, which comes just before Trump gets a bit of a boo.
Trump further said in the video that Covid-19 would “devastate the country much further than it is today” if the vaccines had not been developed. But the former president also criticized vaccine mandates.
“If you don’t want to take it, you shouldn’t be forced to take it. No mandates. But take the credit, because we saved tens of millions of lives. Take the credit. Don’t let them take that away from you,” Trump said.
Trump, who contracted Covid while in office, received his first vaccination out of view of the press before leaving office. DailyExpertNews reported months later that his vaccination had not been recorded by official photographers or videographers, according to a person familiar with the case.
“You know, these companies and personalities make money by spreading lies and allowing misinformation that can kill their own customers and their own supporters,” Biden added. ‘It’s wrong. It’s immoral. I call on the propagators of these lies and misinformation to put an end to it. Stop it now.’
DailyExpertNews’s Dan Merica contributed to this report.