Dec, 22nd 2020 – US president-elect Joe Biden has received the covid-19 vaccine on live tv saying it was a testimony to Americans that it is safe to take. Mr. Biden joins a growing number of political leaders getting the jab, including Vice-President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. More than 500,000 Americans are said to have now been vaccinated.
Mr. Biden, speaking from Newark, Delaware, where he got the jab live on TV said, “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.”
He added that Trump’s administration deserves credit for launching the country’s vaccine program. According to Biden, his wife, Jill Biden, received her first dose earlier in the day. Mr. Biden’s running mate vice president elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are expected to receive their shots next week.
The Biden team has set a goal of 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations in the US during the administration’s first 100 days in office.
President Donald Trump, who spent three days in the hospital after contracting Coronavirus in October has not said when he intends to get the virus. He is one of the remaining country’s top elected officials to not receive the first of the two jabs.
He said, “I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time.” Some of his advisers have defended his delay saying that he is still protected by the treatments he received to beat the virus.
During this pandemic, the US has recorded more than 18 million cases and 319,000 deaths.