Pence to publicly receive Covid vaccine this week, Biden soon after

Washington: Vice President Mike Pence will publicly receive a Covid-19 vaccine on Friday while President-elect Joe Biden is expected to get a shot as soon as next week.

Pence, who is the head of the White House coronavirus task force, is hoping to “promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and build confidence among the American people,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

His wife, Karen Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams will also receive the vaccine at Friday’s event set to take place at the White House.

Biden meanwhile is expected to receive the vaccine as soon as next week, a transition official told NBC News.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take,” Biden told reporters earlier Wednesday in Wilmington, Del. “When I do it, I’ll do it publicly so you can all witness my getting it done.”

The decision to receive the vaccine in public marks a critical moment in the fight against Covid-19 as health care officials battle skepticism by some about the safety of the vaccine. FDA cleared the way for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to be used for emergency use last weekend as the country is still deep in the pandemic, with case numbers rising around the country.

Health care workers across the United States were among the first Americans to get the federally-approved coronavirus vaccine this week.

Former Presidents Obama,  Bush, and Bill Clinton have also volunteered to take the vaccine on camera to help build public trust in the coronavirus vaccine. It’s unclear when President Trump will receive a vaccine.

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