Biden to receive first dose of coronavirus vaccine on Monday

Biden to receive first dose of coronavirus vaccine on Monday
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE and incoming first lady Jill Biden will receive their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine publicly on Monday, according to his transition team.

Incoming White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: White House open to reforming war powers | Army base might house migrant children | Fauci scolds military on vaccine Hillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Facilities with migrant children can temporary return to pre-pandemic levels: official MORE briefed reporters on the news in a call Friday. The development comes as other high-ranking government officials, including Vice President Pence and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Andrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Congress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? MORE (D-Calif.) received the vaccine on Friday.

Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE will be getting her vaccine the week after Biden gets it, the transition team said, with medical experts advising that they stagger the first doses. 


Biden's transition team announced on Thursday that Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondPadilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris Bottom line Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance MORE (D-La.), a close adviser to the president-elect, had tested positive for the virus and will be quarantining for 14 days. 

Richmond and Biden were in Georgia earlier this week for campaign events, but transition spokeswoman Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill Q&A: Talking shop with White House communications director Kate Bedingfield We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse MORE said their interactions "happened in open air, were masked and totaled less than 15 consecutive minutes, the CDC’s timeframe for close contact."

"Richmond traveled to Georgia on his own and not with the President-elect," Bedingfield said.

Biden tested negative for the virus on Thursday. 

The transition team said there was no change in the timing of his vaccination despite Richmond's positive diagnosis.