Joe Biden receives COVID-19 vaccine live on TV
US President-elect Joe Biden received a Covid-19 vaccine live on television Monday in a campaign to boost Americans’ confidence in the jabs — and in marked contrast to President Donald Trump’s mixed messaging.
The 78-year-old president received the Pfizer vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. His wife Jill was shot earlier, the presidential transition team said.
Biden told Americans “there is nothing to worry about” when getting vaccinated and that in the meantime he should continue to wear masks and “listen to the experts.”
He and the future first lady were the latest political figures to publicly join the first wave of vaccinations aimed at stopping a pandemic that has killed nearly 318,000 Americans.
Elected Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband will be vaccinated next week.
Meanwhile, incumbent Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were vaccinated last week. However, Trump has not yet taken part in the action.
The Republican leader – who became consumed by pushing conspiracy theories that the loss of his election to Biden was the result of mass fraud – cites the natural immunity he is believed to enjoy after recovering from a coronavirus attack.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams reinforced the argument over the weekend that, saying that because of the antibodies the president has received from his infection, “this is actually a scenario where we tell people that they should give up the vaccine.” .
However, he did little, even in terms of issuing statements, to support the campaign to overcome American skepticism about the vaccine.
His wife, Melania Trump, who contracted Covid-19 in the same way, was also largely absent from the matter.
Inconsistent messaging is part of a model of Trump, who throughout the pandemic has deviated from declaring himself a war leader to mocking scientists and insisting that the disease will disappear without major changes in the daily life of Americans.