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Pence, other Trump officials to get vaccine publicly

Pence, other Trump officials to get vaccine publicly
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Vice President Pence will receive the vaccine for the novel coronavirus publicly on Friday as part of an effort by officials to build public confidence in the vaccine.

Pence, the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePences announce birth of first grandchild Can a common bond of service unite our nation? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - House boots Greene from committees; Senate plows ahead on budget MORE and Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsOvernight Health Care: US joins 13 countries in raising 'concerns' with data in WHO team's virus report | COVID-19's fourth wave is hitting the US hard | American satisfaction with vaccine rollout surges to 68 percent: poll Former Surgeon General defends Birx after CNN interview Feehery: The top 15 dumb ideas since we took 15 days to stop the spread MORE will all receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at the White House, Pence’s office announced on Wednesday.

There had been internal discussions within Pence’s office about how and when he should receive the vaccine in order to demonstrate its safety leading up to Wednesday’s announcement.

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He said Tuesday during a roundtable discussion on Operation Warp Speed in Indiana that he looked forward to getting the vaccine “in the days ahead.”  

“Be confident that we have cut red tape, but we’ve cut no corners when it comes to the development of this vaccine,” Pence said. “I look forward in the days ahead to receiving the vaccine myself and do so without hesitation.”

Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller received the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech publicly earlier this week, after it was distributed to states following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant it emergency use authorization.  

CNN reported Wednesday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE plans to get publicly vaccinated next week, according to people familiar with the plans.

"I don't want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure that we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take. We're working on that plan right now and when I do it, I'll do it publicly,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Del., earlier in the day.

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It is unclear when and how President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE will receive the vaccine. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Tuesday that Trump would do so when his doctors recommended. Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 in October and may still have antibodies to protect him from being reinfected. Trump has not committed to taking the vaccine publicly.

Trump earlier this week said he was reversing plans to grant some White House officials early access to the vaccine, though some senior and national security staff are still expected to receive some of the early doses.

Other top political figures have signaled their intention to receive the vaccine in order to build public confidence, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections MORE (R-Ky.). Former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama have all said they would publicly get the coronavirus vaccine as a way to demonstrate its safety.