The vice president of the United States was injected with the inoculant in front of television cameras as part of a nationwide campaign to build confidence among the population about the safety and efficacy of the trial
United States Vice President Mike Pence received Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in an event that was broadcast live on television cameras as part of the country’s efforts to build public confidence about the safety and efficacy of the inoculant.
Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, and Jerome Adams, the United States’ chief of public health, also received the vaccine, which has received emergency use authorization and is now distributed nationwide.
Each was informed that they would receive a “vaccination record” as proof that they were immunized, and reminded that they will need to return for a second injection in three weeks. In addition, they were warned that they could suffer pain in the arm.
“I did not feel anything. Well done, and we appreciate your service to the country, ” said Pence to those who administered the vaccine.
“The American people can be confident: We have one, and perhaps within hours, two safe coronavirus vaccines,” he added.
“We all have a role to play. The path at this challenging time is surveillance and a vaccine, “said the vice president, and urged Americans to” continue to do their part “with strategies to counter the spread of the virus.
Members of the United States government’s coronavirus pandemic task force, Anthony Fauci and Robert Redfield sat front row to witness the moment when Walter Reed National Medical Center staff administered the vaccine. For his part, US President Donald Trump did not attend the event, which took place at the White House.
President-elect Joe Biden and his future vice president, Kamala Harris, will also receive the vaccine in public, transition officials told CNN. Biden is likely to be vaccinated next week, while the timing of Harris’s inoculation is still unknown.
Trump will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus until recommended by his White House medical team, a government official told CNN, as the president still has the monoclonal antibodies he obtained after contracting the COVID-19 disease in October. past. However, Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said earlier this week that President Trump should receive the vaccine from Pfizer.
“Although the president was infected and probably has protective antibodies, we’re not sure how long that protection, ” said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on “Good Morning America” program chain ABC.