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White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence

White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence
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Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House's testing czar, said on Sunday that he would encourage President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE to get the coronavirus vaccine in public in order to boost confidence among his followers.

“I would encourage the president to get a vaccine for his own health and safety, and also to generate more confidence among the people who follow him so closely,” Giroir told ABC News host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSullivan: Comments by North Korea's Kim an 'interesting signal' Facebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' MORE on "This Week."

Late last week, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIf you care about the US, root for China to score a win in space Pence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE and his wife Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence buys .9M home in Indiana There is no pandemic recovery plan without the arts and culture Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE received the Pfizer vaccine publicly. President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story A healthier planet and economy is worth fighting for Watch live: Harris gives remarks on the child tax credit MORE are scheduled to publicly receive the vaccine this week.

"I think leadership, like the vice president, the Surgeon General, you know, should get vaccines because they will inspire confidence with the people who believe in them and trust them. And again, we have every reason to believe that this vaccine — these two vaccines — are very effective and they are safe," Giroir said on Sunday.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna vaccine on Friday and its first shipments are being prepared for delivery. 

Though Trump is in the high-risk category due to his age, he has already contracted the virus and recovered, likely developing antibodies to the virus.

Health experts have said that those who have contracted the virus should receive the vaccine anyway as the immunity provided by COVID-19 antibodies has not been well studied yet and the vaccine could prevent a second infection. More severe symptoms have been observed in those who have been reinfected with the coronavirus.