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Fauci says Trump, Biden should be vaccinated immediately

Fauci says Trump, Biden should be vaccinated immediately

The nation's leading infectious disease doctor on Tuesday said it is imperative both President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE and President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. 

"For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can," Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Underfunding classics and humanities is dangerous MORE said in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."

While speaking about Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE, Fauci said he would like to see Biden "fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January. So that would be my strong recommendation.”

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Though Trump has already contracted and recovered from the virus, Fauci said he believes Trump should be vaccinated to be "doubly" sure he is protected because he remains "very important to our country right now."

Trump said over the weekend that members of his administration “should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary.” 

On Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said key staffers "like Situation Room staff, among others" will have early access to the vaccine. 

Biden has pledged to take the vaccine publicly to help build trust in its safety and promised to help governments around the country administer "100 million shots in 100 days." 

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine that public health officials estimate is more than 90 percent effective. The first shipments of the vaccine were sent across the country over the weekend, and health care and other front-line workers received the first shots on Monday.

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Public health officials estimate healthy younger Americans can expect to have access to a vaccine by the spring. 

“People, understandably, are skeptical about the speed, but we have to keep emphasizing speed means the science was extraordinary that got us here," Fauci said.