Washington DC, KOMPAS.com – Vice President of the United States (US) Mike Pence received an injection of the Kovid-19 vaccine that was broadcast live on television on Friday (18/12/2020).
launch AFP, While Pence has been vaccinated, US President-Elect Joe Biden is scheduled to receive the vaccine on Monday.
“Creating confidence in the vaccine has brought us here this morning,” Pence said after being injected, adding jokingly, “I don’t feel anything.”
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His wife Karen Pence and prominent US public health officials and general surgeon Jerome Adams were also vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNotech vaccine at the White House pavilion.
Due to the importance of the event, top officials and CDC directors Anthony Fauci and Robert Redfield were also in attendance.
The only high-ranking state “Uncle Sam” official who did not attend the vaccination process was US President Donald Trump.
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Trump has already made it clear that he does not plan to vaccinate any time soon, citing the belief that his brief but serious improvement from Kovid’s attack has given him immunity.
White House press secretary Kaylee McKenney said, “Just as his medical team determines the best medicine, he has priority in frontline workers, long-term care facilities.”
Meanwhile, top Democrats in Congress House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were also vaccinated on Friday.
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Pelosi cited “faith in science” when receiving injections in the US Capitol, stating that the use and social distribution of masks should continue while vaccines are delivered.
Meanwhile, McConnell said, “Vaccines are how we defeat this virus.”