Joe Biden receives Covid vaccine, encourages public to get inoculatedDecember 22, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden announces members of his climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE.
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President-elect Joe Biden received a Covid-19 vaccine on live television Monday afternoon in a demonstration intended to encourage Americans to receive shots of their own when they can.
“I am doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared, when it’s available, to take the vaccine. There’s nothing to worry about. I am looking forward to the second shot,” Biden said from a hospital in Wilmington, Del.
Jill Biden, the incoming first lady, received a dose of the vaccine earlier in the day.
Biden added that the Trump administration “deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed.”
Biden’s vaccination comes as health officials race to inoculate Americans around the country.
Biden received the first dose of the vaccine made by Pfizer, the first to be approved by U.S. regulators. A second vaccine, made by Moderna, began being shipped around the country over the weekend. Both require two doses to be administered several weeks apart.
“We owe these folks an awful lot, the scientists and the people who put this together, the front line workers, the ones who actually did the clinical work. It’s just amazing,” Biden said.
Other senior public officials have also been publicly vaccinated in recent days, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence.
President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized with coronavirus in October, has yet to receive a vaccine.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams explained on Sunday that Trump had not received the vaccine because he had recently been treated with monoclonal antibodies.
“That is actually one scenario where we tell people, ‘Maybe you should hold off on getting the vaccine, talk to your health provider to find out the right time,'” Adams said on CBS News.
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