Daily US Times: Former President Donald and his wife Melania Trump received Covid vaccine before leaving the White House, according to several news reports on Monday.
The New York Times, CNN and other outlets reported citing unnamed advisers that while other officials, including then-president-elect Joe Biden, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, and the former vice-president Mike Pence, chose to get their shots publicly to encourage confidence in the vaccines, Mr Trump and Melania opted to quietly get Covid vaccine in January.
There was no detail on which vaccine they received or how many doses they had been given.
Both Donald Trump and Melania Trump contracted and recovered from Covid-19 during the 2020 presidential campaign.
The revelation first came to light after the former president took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida.
“Everyone should go get your shot,” Mr Trump told the audience, prompting questions from reporters about whether he had had his.
The speech was the first time Donald Trump has told supporters – who include groups that are the most skeptical of the vaccine – to get their shots.
White Republicans have polled as highly vaccine hesitant, according to Axios.
Long before coronavirus pandemic, the former president also helped fuel the anti-vaccination movement in the United States, by tweeting conspiratorial claims and questioning scientists.
According to New York Times, Trump said in 2009: “I think the vaccines can be very dangerous. And, obviously, you know, a lot of people are talking about vaccines with children with respect to autism.”
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