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Did Trump Take Credit for 'Beautiful' COVID-19 Vaccine?

The former president of the United States no longer has access to a Twitter account, but he's still getting his message out.

Published Mar 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: US President Donald Trump  speaks at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit on December 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president signed an executive order stating the US would provide vaccines to Americans before aiding other nations. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Claim:
Former U.S. President Donald Trump released a statement saying that he hopes "everyone remembers" that he was responsible for the "beautiful" COVID-19 vaccine shot.

On March 10, 2021, an image started circulated on social media that supposedly showed a statement from former U.S. President Donald Trump in which he implored American citizens to remember that the United States wouldn't have had these "beautiful" COVID-19 vaccine shots for another 5 years (a dubious claim) if it wasn't for him:

This was a genuine statement from Trump.

Trump released several statements after he left office on Jan. 20, 2021. Since the former president was banned from Twitter (as well as other social media networks) for posting content that could have incited more violence after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, these statements are being released via email and are then subsequently shared on social media by reporters. Margo Martin, the lead press secretary for the office of the 45th president, confirmed to Snopes via email that this was a genuine statement released by Trump. 

While this is a real statement, the claims made within it (that the United States would not have had a vaccine for 5 years if it wasn't for Trump) are dubious at best. The Trump administration attempted to speed up the development of a vaccine via Operation Warp Speed.  Although the Trump administration certainly deserves some credit for aiding the development of a vaccine, some companies, such as Pfizer, developed vaccines without funding from the Trump administration. It should also be noted that companies outside of the United States managed to develop vaccines without much aid from the former president. 

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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