Fact Check-Biden did not criticize COVID-19 vaccine mandates, video of his speech has been cropped

President Joe Biden did not call vaccine mandates an “outrage and an infringement on freedom,” despite appearing to do so in an edited video shared online.

Examples of social media posts featuring the commentary are visible here  , here  and here  .

The video shows a 15-second clip of Biden talking about the pandemic. He says: “Now- in the midst of this pandemic that has taken over 650,000 lives I propose a mandate for COVID-19 vaccines, and it’s an outrage, and it’s an infringement on freedom.”  

But the footage has been shortened to remove context and does not accurately capture Biden’s speech, which took place during a campaign appearance in support of California Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of the Sept. 14 recall election (here).

In unedited C-SPAN footage, visible here  (24:28-24:56), Biden says: “Talk about inconsistency, in Mississippi, children are required to get vaccinated for measles, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus and more. It’s a state requirement. Now in midst of the pandemic that has taken 650,000 lives, I propose a mandate for COVID-19 vaccines and it’s an outrage, an infringement on freedom. Look folks, we don’t need politics to fight against COVID, we need science. “

His remarks were in response to criticism (here a White House done with persuasion | Reuters) from Republicans on his push for vaccines.


Misleading. Contrary to social media claims, President Joe Biden did not call COVID-19 vaccine mandates an outrage and an infringement on freedom.

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