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  • Pfizer’s vaccine received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, and the first doses were shipped and administered to health care workers Monday.
  • Fauci also said Vice President Pence and President Trump should quickly receive the vaccination.
  • It’s unclear when Biden and Trump may receive the vaccine, as high-risk groups such as health care workers on the front lines fighting the pandemic get the first doses.

The nation’s top infectious diseases expert says President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should receive a new coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. 

“This is a person who very soon will be the president of the United States. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will very soon be the vice president of the United States,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday. 


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“For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can,” Fauci said. “You want him fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January. So that would be my strong recommendation.” 

Fauci also said Vice President Pence and President Trump should quickly receive the vaccination. While Trump was infected in October and likely has antibodies to the virus, Fauci said he should still be vaccinated to be “doubly sure” he is protected. 

“You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now,” Fauci said. 

Pfizer’s vaccine received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday and the first doses were shipped and administered on Monday. 

It’s unclear when Biden and Trump may receive the vaccine, as high-risk groups such as health care workers on the front lines fighting the pandemic get the first doses. 

Trump tweeted on Sunday saying people working in the White House should be vaccinated “somewhat later in the program,” unless specifically necessary. He said he’s not scheduled to take the vaccine but looks forward to doing so at the “appropriate time.” 

Biden earlier this month said he would take the vaccine publicly in an effort to prove the treatment is safe and effective. 

Public health officials project a vaccine to be broadly available to the public by the spring. 


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Published on Dec 15, 2020