President-elect Joe Biden is expected to receive his first coronavirus vaccination early next week, according to reports. He is planning to get the shot in a public setting to ensure Americans feel getting the shot is safe.
Earlier Wednesday night, Biden told reporters he wants to show Americans it is safe to get the vaccine.
“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,” he said. “When I do it, I’ll do it publicly, so you can all witness my getting it done.”
Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this month he would get the coronavirus vaccine once Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said it was safe. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also said she would get the vaccine.
Biden has said his administration would work to get 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office. He also pledged to sign a face mask mandate on his first day in office, asking all Americans to wear a face mask in his first 100 days in office.
Fauci said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he “strongly recommends” Biden and Harris should be vaccinated “as soon as we possibly can.”
The first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use last week and has been delivered to all 50 states and last week the U.K. got their first doses of the shot.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has not yet said when or how President Donald Trump might receive a coronavirus vaccine. The White House released a statement late Wednesday saying Vice President Mike Pence will get the vaccine live on TV Friday.
The news comes as former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all said they would publicly get the coronavirus vaccine.