The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence and his family, have received their COVID vaccine live on television on Friday. This comes a few days after the United States started injecting the COVID vaccine on her citizens, after the United Kingdom kicked off theirs.
According to the report by Reuters, the move by Mike Pence to receive his COVID vaccine live on television, is the Trump led-administration seeking to shore up public support for vaccinations as death toll increases.
Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams each rolled up their sleeves and took injections from medical staff in white coats, becoming the highest-profile recipients to receive the vaccine publicly.
“I didn’t feel a thing. Well done,” said Pence, the leader of the White House coronavirus task force.
They were injected with the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE that the Food and Drug Administration authorized for emergency use a week ago.
The FDA on Friday was expected to approve a second vaccine for emergency use, this one from Moderna Inc.
After answering routine questions about their health, the three of them took their injections in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House campus, seated in front of a blue curtain and screens that declared, “Safe and Effective” and “Operation Warp Speed.”
They could be followed by a parade of political leaders, part of a campaign to overcome public skepticism about the safety of vaccines, which underwent large-scale clinical trials and scientific review.
Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have volunteered for public inoculations, and President-elect Joe Biden, who is due to take office on Jan. 20, will get his next week, his aides said.
U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, tapped to be Biden’s chief medical adviser, said he would get vaccinated as soon as he could and was waiting for doses to arrive at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“I hope that’s going to be within the next few days,” Fauci said told NBC’s “Today” show on Friday.
But President Donald Trump seems to be less bothered with the COVID vaccine and the increased death rate, as he keeps focus on dragging the Supreme Court, media houses, and the Democrats on how he won the just concluded Presidential election, but was rigged out of the race.
Hopefully, he visits the centre and get vaccinated with the vaccine and then, takes credit for it before Joe Biden does.