Shaky communications about pandemic-related issues aside, ex President Donald TrumpNow, consider the COVID-19 vaccines “one of the greatest achievements of mankind.”

An interview with right-wing media personality Candace Owens this week, Trump took personal credit for the efficacy of the vaccines, as well as the “incredible speed” at which they were developed.

“I came up with three vaccines — all are very, very good,” Trump told Owens on Wednesday. “The vaccine worked, but some people aren’t taking it. The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take their vaccine.”

“But it’s still their choice,” he continued. “If you take the vaccine, you’re protected. But the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”

Watch a clip of Trump’s chat with Candace Owens below.

Owens is an outspoken criticCOVID-19 safety protocols. In October, she disclosed that she wasn’t vaccinated.

“I survived the greatest psychological fear campaign in human history,” she wrote on TwitterIt was at that time. “I see our media and governments for what they are now: powerless without our incessant fear.”

She also applauded Floyd Mayweather, boxing champ, for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccination that month. tweeting, “A slave mind follows the crowd.”

Trump had promoted these jabs for the second consecutive interview in less that a week. Last weekend, he drew boos in Dallas after revealing to former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he’d received a booster shot at some point prior to the pair’s four-city “History Tour.”

Trump’s endorsement of the vaccines has put him at odds with his base. An November poll conducted by the Kaiser Family FoundationThe largest gap in US vaccination rates is found to be between Democrats and Republicans. The poll revealed that 66% of Americans unvaccinated identified themselves as Republican/Republican-leaning individuals, and 17% stated they were Democrats/Democratic-leaning.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary and prominent Democrats expressed gratitude to Trump for his comments on vaccines.

“This is not a partisan issue,” Psaki said Thursday. “This is about saving lives, communicating accurate information, pushing back against inaccurate information. And in this particular case, the former president did that.”

Trump tested positiveFor COVID-19 in October 2020 just weeks after losing the presidency to Joe Biden. He reportedly receivedHis first COVID-19 vaccine was completed before he left office in January. However, unlike Biden or other politicians, it wasn’t photographed.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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