Joe Biden gets covid vaccine live on TV, promises 100 millions doses in 100 days
London, Dec. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-US President-elect Joe Biden has publicly received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday as the death toll from the disease nears 320,000 in the United States.
Rolling up his sleeve at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., Biden told nurse practitioner Tabe Mase, “I’m ready!” and thanked her for her work with COVID-19 patients. “We owe you big, we really do,” Biden said.
In receiving the vaccine on Monday, the Bidens join a growing list of political leaders who are sharing videos or photos of themselves getting inoculated in an effort to boost public trust in the efficacy and safety of the vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use.
They include Vice-President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted on Friday after receiving his first shot.
Just received the safe, effective COVID vaccine following continuity-of-government protocols. Vaccines are how we beat this virus.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 18, 2020
Now back to continue fighting for a rescue package including a lot more money for distribution so more Americans can receive it as fast as possible. pic.twitter.com/kSBhI3EzzM
Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus. pic.twitter.com/tijVCSnJd7— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 18, 2020
Biden said his wife, Jill, also received her first vaccine shot Monday.
“I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available, to take the vaccine. There’s nothing to worry about,” the president-elect said of his first vaccine dose. He said he was “looking forward” to getting the second dose.
“This is just the beginning. It’s one thing to get the vaccine out, and now [vaccine-maker] Moderna is going to be on the road as well, but it’s going to take time,” he added, imploring Americans to continue following health guidelines, including wearing masks, keeping social distance and avoiding unnecessary travel.
The president-elect, who said the Trump administration “deserves credit” for getting the development and distribution of vaccines off the ground, has set a goal of distributing 100 million vaccine shots in the first 100 days of his administration.
President Donald Trump, who spent three days in hospital with the coronavirus in October, has not said when he intends to get the vaccine.
The president, who has spread misinformation about the vaccine’s risks, is now one of last remaining of the country’s top elected officials to not received the first of the course of two jabs.
“I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time,” Mr Trump wrote in a 13 December tweet.
Some of his advisers have defended the delay, saying he is still protected by the treatments he received to beat the virus.