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The White House is facing backlash after falsely claiming in a tweet this week that “there was no vaccine available” for COVID-19 when Joe Biden took office last year, but Twitter, with the White House, remains silent on why the claim remains on the platform without a “misinformation” warning label.
Thursday, the official White House Twitter account declared“When President Biden took office, millions of people were unemployed and there was no vaccine available.”
WHITE HOUSE SAYS VACCINE WAS NOT AVAILABLE WHEN PRESIDENT BIDEN TOOK OFFICE
After the original tweet drew heavy criticism from Twitter users who pointed out that there was a COVID-19 vaccine available when Biden took office on January 20, 2021, the White House acknowledged in a tweet Friday that she “misstated that vaccines weren’t available in January 2021,” but didn’t delete the original tweet which has been shared nearly 3,000 times.
“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 tweeter said on Friday. declared.
WHITE HOUSE BURIED ON TWEET CLAIMING THERE WAS ‘NO VACCINE’ WHEN BIDEN TAKEN OFFICE: ‘DELETE THIS’
Fox News contacted the White House and Twitter over the weekend to ask why the tweet had not been deleted and why no warning label had been placed on the tweet informing readers of the inaccurate information contained in the tweet. Fox News did not immediately receive a response from the White House or Twitter.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both received COVID-19 vaccines before taking office, shortly after the nation’s first person, Sandra Lindsay, was vaccinated on Dec. 14, 2020. Biden received his first dose of the vaccine on Dec. 21, 2020, while Harris received his on Dec. 29, 2020.
Twitter users from all political backgrounds criticized the White House for the message.
“Who runs the @WhiteHouse Twitter account?” Washington Post Chief Auditor Glenn Kessler asked, urging anyone to “delete this fake tweet.”
He added, “Biden himself said 8% of seniors had been vaccinated the day he took office. Biden was one of them,” in connection with a fact-checking article that he had written last year.
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Fox News contributor Joe Concha asked fellow Twitter users, “Does anyone have the customer service line for the new misinformation panel?”
Author Max Abrahms joked about naming the head of the government’s “Disinformation Governance Council” on the case, tweeting, “Call Nina Jankowicz.”
Fox News’ Adam Sabes and Gabriel Hays contributed to this article.