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White House Admits It ‘Misstated’ False Claim No COVID Vaccine Existed When Biden Took Office

The White House admitted Friday its claim a day earlier that there was no COVID-19 vaccination when President Joe Biden took office was a case of misinformation.

The administration was widely criticized after a Thursday tweet aimed at showing Biden’s progress since taking office included the obviously false claim. Biden himself had received his first COVID vaccination shot a full month before being sworn in.

“When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available,” the tweet claimed.

When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available.

In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded.

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 12, 2022

On Friday night, the White House admitted the tweet was mistaken, even as it sought to credit Biden with the larger

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