During an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Trump responded to President Biden’s executive order last week, ordering employers with more than 100 workers to require coronavirus vaccinations or test employees weekly. Biden also announced that all workers of the federal government would be demanded to take a COVID-19 vaccine. "It shouldn’t be necessary," Trump said, referring to the orders which have drawn backlashes from Republicans and some in the private sector.
The Trump administration started Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership to create vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as the pandemic spread in 2020. Under his control, the Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Trump, in December 2020, signed an executive order that would guarantee all Americans had passage to coronavirus vaccines before the U.S. government could begin aiding nations around the world.
Trump, in the exclusive Fox News interview, said that during his administration, more people were busy getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
"If you remember, when I was president, there were literally lines of people wanting to take it," Trump said, pointing to vaccine hesitancy among some Americans. "Now, you have a different situation, and it’s very bad."
Trump went on to point to remarks made by some Democrats, including future Vice President Kamala Harris, who said they may not trust the productiveness of a vaccine that he was pushing. "Of course, they famously said, if Trump came up with it, I’ll never take it," Trump recalled.
"They disparaged the vaccine, and now they wonder why people aren’t wanting to take it?" He continued. "It’s a disgrace."
"Look, it was one of my greatest achievements doing it in less than nine months instead of five years, or maybe never," Trump said, referring to the approval timeline for some vaccines at the FDA. "We saved millions of people all over the world."
But pointing back to those against getting a jab, Trump said: "They don’t trust this president, and that’s why they’re not taking it."
Trump and former first lady Melania Trump received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in January at the White House. It is uncertain which vaccine they got . Trump talked up the vaccines' benefits in an interview with Fox News' Greg Gutfeld last week, saying infections among the vaccinated were less bad compared to the unvaccinated at the start of the pandemic: "If you do get sick, you don’t get sick like they were before, meaning you don’t die."