Fact check: Rep. Eric Swalwell falsely says Mitch McConnell only got 'serious' about Covid-19 vaccines after Monday stock market dip
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing about worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 15, 2021. (Photo by Al Drago / POOL / AFP) (Photo by AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did what he has been doing for seven months: he called on Americans to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
(CNN)On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did what he has been doing for seven months: he called on Americans to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
McConnell noted that he is a victim of polio, for which a vaccine took decades to develop, and said, "It never occurred to me, after three highly effective vaccines were developed in under a year, that we'd have difficulty getting Americans to take the shots.
McConnell was then asked if he would speak out against people who are speaking out against Covid-19 vaccinations.
Since December, McConnell has made numerous similar public remarks urging Americans to get vaccinated.
McConnell on Covid-19 vaccines
We don't know precisely what Swalwell meant when he claimed that McConnell had only this week gotten "serious" about Covid-19 vaccines.
In late March 2021, McConnell appeared at a vaccination site in his home state of Kentucky and said there is "no good argument not to get the vaccination. " Asked what he can say to help convince Republican men to get vaccinated, he said, "I can say as a Republican man, as soon as it was my turn, I took the vaccine.
The day after that, during a visit to a vaccine distribution facility in Kentucky, McConnell repeated his pitch to Republican men and called it a "modern medical miracle that three effective vaccines were produced in less than one year. " McConnell made another appeal to Republican men during a visit to a Kentucky vaccination facility in early April, saying "we need to take this vaccine" and that "reservations need to be put aside. " The Biden White House publicly thanked McConnell for his remarks.
McConnell promoted the vaccines once more during a Kentucky visit in May. And in June, asked by a reporter at a Kentucky event what he would say to people who are not taking the shot, he said, "Take it.