The White House has scoffed at the idea Donald Trump deserves any vaccine praise, saying that 500,000 people died on his watch.

Press secretary Jen Psaki refused to give the ex-president any credit when questioned about it during her daily briefing.

Ms Psaki was asked about recent comments from Admiral Brett Giroir, the former assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, who has said that the Trump administration deserves more credit for planning the distribution of the vaccine.

“I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic,” replied Ms Psaki.

“What our focus is on, and what the president’s focus is on when he came into office just over a month ago, was ensuring that we had enough vaccines – we are going to have them now.”

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