KEY POINTS

  • Kamala Harris suggested the Trump administration had "no national strategy or plan" for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Some Twitter users accused Harris of lying
  • They pointed out that Dr. Anthony Fauci said in January that the Biden administration was "not starting from scratch"

Kamala Harris has received flak from some social media users over a recent claim that the Biden administration was "starting from scratch" on COVID-19 vaccinations.

The vice president made the comment during an interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen that aired Sunday on HBO.

"There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out," Harris said. "And so in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year."

A number of Twitter users called out Harris for the statement, pointing out that Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a January White House press briefing that "we certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution."

"KAMALA HARRIS is a LIAR," one person wrote. "Pres. Trump gave us 3 vaccines. Pres. Trump had a distribution system in play. Pres. Trump was already getting 1M people vaccinated per day. Biden administration got in & screwed things up!"

"Kamala Harris gets caught in another lie. Dr Fauci clarifies COVID 19 supply was well stocked when Biden took office and never depleted as she claimed. #kamalaharrismakinghistory as liar in chief," another wrote

"@VP told @mikeallen that 'there was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations' and that Biden admin was 'starting from scratch.' That’s wrong. The Trump admin had a plan to distribute to locations chosen by states and let them take it from there," PolitiFact tweeted.

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, also called out Axios for deleting a tweet that contrasted the VP's claims with Fauci’s.

"Let’s not rewrite history," she wrote.

Others defended Harris' statement, with one person tweeting that "dumping vaccine doses on the states, with no funding or guidelines, then shrugging & walking away is definitely *NOT* a plan."

"If the plan was 'lol you guys deal with it,' then that's not actually a plan," another user tweeted.

"She actually said ‘in many ways we are starting from scratch’. That’s completely different from saying ‘we are starting from scratch’, as obviously it implies some elements were lagging others," a third user commented.

"Having multiple vaccines developed in less than a year despite the Trump administration and its utter failure to set up a distribution system is why we're starting from scratch. There, fixed it for you," another wrote.

"I love kamala harris. she has an educated voice. she believes she can and will make a difference. and, more than ever, that’s exactly what our country needs right this very second," another wrote

Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th US vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th US vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Photo: POOL / SAUL LOEB