President Donald Trump promoted the efficacy of vaccines — which were developed while he was in office — against the Chinese coronavirus in a recent interview with conservative commentator Candace Owens. The former president also slammed vaccine mandates, as he believes that people should be free to make their own decisions.
“I came up with a vaccine — with three vaccines — all are very, very good,” Trump said. “Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to twelve years.”
When Owens mentioned that more Americans have died from the coronavirus in 2021 than in 2020 — despite vaccines being available this year — Trump replied by affirming, “Oh, no, the vaccines work, but some people aren’t taking them.”
“The ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine,” Trump continued. “But it’s still their choice, and if you take the vaccine, you’re protected.”