Joe Biden takes Pfizer jab LIVE on TV in battle against coronavirus – ‘Take the vaccine!’ | World | NewsDecember 22, 2020
It comes after the US rolled out two different Covid-19 vaccines in an effort to combat soaring cases. The UK began its own vaccine rollout earlier this month, with nearly 140,000 people receiving the jab in the first week of its deployment.
Addressing viewers after receiving his own jab, Mr Biden said: “It’s worth saying that this is great hope. 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. I’m looking forward to the second shot, so is Jill, she’s had her shot earlier today – she loves shots, I know.”
In a conciliatory moment, Mr Biden also said that the rival Trump administration “deserves some credit” for launching the US’ first coronavirus vaccine programme.
It showed that only around six in 10 would be willing to receive it, the BBC reported.
Mr Obama said earlier this month, that he would be taking the jab as soon as he is allowed to.
He told radio station SiriusXM: “I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it.
“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid.”
However, US President Donald Trump is reportedly yet to receive the vaccine himself.
Earlier in the month he stated that White House staffers should get the vaccine “somewhat later in the programme unless specifically necessary”.
He also said he would “look forward to doing so at the appropriate time”.
The US has recorded a total of more than 18 million coronavirus cases at the time of writing and around 319,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
CNN reports the US set a record for daily infections last Friday with 249,709.
Moncef Slaoui, Chief Scientific Officer for the US’ Operation Warp Speed vaccine initiative, warned the country’s cases will “get worse” due to the continued effects of Thanksgiving gatherings.
He also feared cases will continue to surge further due to Christmas.