Elected President Joe Biden receives Covid-19 vaccine on live TV

Elected President Joe Biden received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television on Monday as part of a growing effort to convince the American public that the vaccination is safe.

The president-elect took a dose of Pfizer vaccine at a hospital not far from his home in Delaware, hours after his wife, Jill Biden, did the same. The injections came on the same day as a second vaccine, produced by Moderna, began arriving in states. It joins Pfizers in the country’s arsenal against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 317,000 people in the United States and elevated lives around the world.

“I’m ready,” said Biden, who received the dose at a hospital in Newark, Delaware, and declined the opportunity to count to three before inserting the needle into his left arm. “I do this to show that people should be prepared when it is available to take the vaccine. There is nothing to worry about. ”

The president-elect praised the health care system and said President Donald Trump’s administration “deserves some credit for getting this off the ground.” And Biden urged Americans to wear masks over the coming Christmas weekend and not travel unless necessary.

Other top government officials last week joined the first wave of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 as part of the largest vaccination campaign in the country’s history.

Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., And other lawmakers received doses Friday. They chose to publish their injections as part of a campaign to convince Americans that the vaccines are safe and effective among skeptics, especially Republicans.

Elected Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband are expected to get their first shots next week.

No date yet for Trump jab

But missing in the action has been President Donald Trump, who has spent the past week largely out of sight as he continues to brag about his election loss and floats increasingly foreign systems to try to stay in power.

It is an approach that has confused some top aides who see his silence as a missed opportunity for the president, who leaves office on January 20 to claim credit for helping monitor the rapid development of the vaccine and burning his legacy.

Trump, who has previously spread false information about vaccine risks, has not said when he intends to get the shot. He tweeted earlier this month that he “did not plan” to take it, but said he was “looking forward to doing it at the right time.”

The White House has said he is still discussing timing with his doctors.

Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19 in October and received an experimental monoclonal antibody treatment, which he credited for his rapid recovery. An advisory board for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that people who have received that treatment should wait at least 90 days to be vaccinated to avoid any disturbances.

“When the time is right, I’m sure he will remain willing to take it,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern repeated Friday. “It’s just something we work through.”

However, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered another explanation for the delay. She told reporters last week that Trump was in part “showing Americans that our priority is the most vulnerable.”

“The president wants to send a parallel message, that is, you know, our long-term care homes and our frontline workers are of the utmost importance, and he wants to set a good example in that regard,” she said.

Health expert Fauci’s president vaccinates without delay

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has stated that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was the first to be approved, “is safe and likely to be effective” for people infected with COVID-19 and “should be offered regardless of history of previous symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. ”

There is no recommended minimum waiting time between infection and vaccination, as reinfection is uncommon in the three months after a person has been infected, the committee said that people who tested positive in the last 90 days “may delay vaccination until the end of this period, if so. desired. “

The panel also recommends that those who received Trump’s treatment postpone vaccination for at least 90 days.

“Currently, there are no data on the safety and efficacy of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in individuals receiving monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of COVID-19 treatment,” they wrote, recommending that vaccination be “postponed at least. 90 days, as a precaution until further information becomes available, to avoid disruption of antibody therapy with vaccine-induced immune responses. “

Surgeon General Jerome Adams quoted that recommendation on CBS ‘”Face the Nation” on Sunday when asked if Trump planned to take the picture on camera.

“From a scientific point of view, I will remind people that the president has had COVID for the last 90 days. He received the monoclonal antibodies. And it’s actually a scenario where we tell people that maybe you should get the vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider to find out the right time, says Adams.

But others, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost expert on infectious diseases, has recommended that Trump be vaccinated without delay.

“Even if the president himself was infected, and he probably has antibodies that would probably be protective, we are not sure how long the protection will last. So to be doubly sure, I would recommend that he be vaccinated, he told ABC News.