Biden, Pence Will Get the Vaccine Very Soon

Pence on Friday, Biden possibly next week, according to sources
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2020 12:08 AM CST
Biden, Pence Will Get the Vaccine Very Soon
President-elect Joe Biden announces former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for transportation secretary during a news conference at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.   (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence are set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine soon, the AP reports. According to two transition officials familiar with the matter, Biden will receive the vaccine publicly as early as next week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss it publicly. The White House says Pence and his wife, Karen, will receive the vaccine publicly on Friday.

Biden said on Tuesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, advised him to get the vaccine “sooner than later.” Biden has said that he wants to keep front-line health care workers and vulnerable people as the top priority as the vaccine is rolled out throughout the country. But he’s also noted the importance of him getting the vaccine publicly to build confidence among Americans to get vaccinated. Biden said, “I don’t want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take."

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