White House says it ‘misrepresented’ that vaccines weren’t available when President Biden took office

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The White House backtracks on a tweet saying it claimed ‘there was no vaccine available’ when President Biden took office, posting a follow-up tweet Friday night saying it was ‘misrepresenting’ the availability COVID-19 vaccines in January 2021.

On Thursday, the official White House Twitter account tweeted “When President Biden took office, millions were out of work and there was no vaccine available.”

TWITTER ALLOWS WHITE HOUSE TO MAKE ‘CLEARLY FALSE’ ALLEGATION THAT COVID VACCINE WAS NOT AVAILABLE BEFORE BIDEN ERA

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling at an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4 in Washington.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The original tweet drew heavy criticism from other Twitter users, who pointed out that a COVID-19 vaccine was available when Biden took office on January 20, 2021.

President Biden even shared a photo of himself receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on December 21, 2020.

On Friday evening, the White House tweeted that its original tweet “erroneously stated that vaccines were not available in January 2021.”

“We previously incorrectly stated that the vaccines were not available in January 2021. We should have said that they were not widely available. The vaccines became available shortly before the president took office. Since then he has been responsible for fully vaccinating over 200 million people,” the tweet wrote. Friday night states.

WHITE HOUSE BURIED ON TWEET CLAIMING THERE WAS ‘NO VACCINE’ WHEN BIDEN TAKEN OFFICE: ‘DELETE THIS’

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While the White House corrected its tweet, the original version that said there was “no vaccine available” when President Biden took office remains on the social media platform and has not been deleted. .

Some Twitter users received a disclaimer that other readers had “added context” to the White House tweet, but that was only part of a “pilot program” being tested with a “small group of people”.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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