Daily US Times: Vice President Mike Pence and President-elect Joe Biden are set to receive the Covid-19 vaccine soon.
Biden will receive the vaccine publicly as early as next week, two transition officials familiar with the matter confirmed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The White House says Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen, will receive the vaccine publicly on Friday.
Biden said on Tuesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci advised him to get the vaccine “sooner than later.” The president-elect has said that he wants to keep vulnerable people and front-line health care workers as the top priority as the vaccine is rolled out throughout the country.
But he has also noted the importance of him getting the Covid-19 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.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has told governors from more than 30 US states that the federal government needs to “get its act together” amid a surge in coronavirus deaths and infections.
The president-elect made the comments in a Wednesday afternoon Zoom call with the bipartisan group of state leaders. He said once he takes office on January 20, his administration would seek to partner closely with state governments.