Former president Donald Trump A statement issued on Sunday stated that Americans “refuse” to receive the coronavirus vaccine due to distrust of the Biden government, the media, and the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Joe Biden has been talking about how good he is in distributing vaccines developed by Operation Warp Speed or simply the Trump administration. He hasn’t done a good job at all,” Trump’s statement said.
“He is far behind the plan. People refuse to be vaccinated because they don’t believe in his government, they don’t believe in the election results, and of course they don’t believe in fake news. This is a refusal to tell the truth,” the statement added.
Although the Trump administration faces criticism Vaccine rollout is slow Significantly behind expectations in December and January, the former president repeatedly praised his COVID-19 response team and blamed the president Joe BidenSince leaving office, Trump has continued to promote the baseless conspiracy theories that elections were stolen due to large-scale voter fraud.
Trump’s Sunday statement was issued two weeks after the Biden administration failed to achieve its vaccination goal of partially vaccinating at least 70% of Americans by July 4. 161 million people According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68% of adults received at least one dose of the vaccine (CDC). However, approximately 90 million eligible people have not yet received at least one shot of the vaccine.
Now, the Biden administration is scrambling to vaccinate more Americans because COVID-19 cases are rising nationwide due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
According to a CDC report on Friday, the number of coronavirus cases across the United States has increased by nearly 70% from the previous week, and the number of hospitalizations has increased by 36%.At least 38 states show 50% increase in new cases In the past week, the variant appeared to spread the fastest among unvaccinated people.
On Sunday, US surgeon Vivek Murthy said that 99.5% of new deaths from COVID-19 occurred in people who were not vaccinated, and expressed concern that the problem may rapidly worsen.
“I am very worried about what will happen next because we are seeing more and more unvaccinated cases. Although, if you are vaccinated, you can avoid hospitalization and death very well. Unfortunately, if you don’t Get vaccinated, that’s not the case,” Murti said on Sunday CNN Union state.
Biden said on Friday that Facebook And other social media sites are “killing”, adding that “our only epidemic is [the] People who have not been vaccinated.
In response, Facebook Iissue a statement Said that 85% of its users have been vaccinated or planned to be vaccinated, and the government is “looking for a scapegoat for failing to achieve the vaccine goal.”
Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said on Sunday that although Facebook and other social media companies can provide useful information about the pandemic and vaccine safety, misinformation may be Continue to spread.
Krebs added that the amount of online vaccine misinformation is similar to how misinformation about the 2020 presidential election is spread.
“What we see here is an ecosystem of information providers. Some of them are politically motivated. Some of them are anti-vax communities. Some of them are profiteering. I tend to believe that a lot of things are happening here,” he said In an interview with CBS on Sunday.
Weekly newspaper The White House was contacted for more comment, but did not respond to the publication in time.