US Vice-President Mike Pence receives vaccine live on TV

US Vice-President Mike Pence receives vaccine live on TV
Vice President Mike Pence receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine . Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Vice-President Mike Pence has received the coronavirus vaccine live on TV, telling the doctors and audience: “I didn’t feel a thing.”

The White House said the goal of the move was to “promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and build confidence among the American people”.

Mr Pence’s wife and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received the Covid-19 vaccine at the televised White House event.

The US began rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday. At 08:00 local time (13:00 GMT) Mr Pence, 61, received the first of two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, along with his wife Karen and Mr Adams.

The first vaccine to be approved in the United States, it offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19.

The first three million doses are being distributed to all 50 US states.

Meanwhile, a second vaccine has come a step closer to receiving emergency approval after it was endorsed by a panel of experts. The vaccine is developed by Moderna.

As Mr Pence was receiving his shot, PresidentTrump incorrectly said on Twitter that the Moderna vaccine was “overwhelmingly approved” with “distribution to start immediately”. But the vaccine still awaiting final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

More than 310,000 people have died in the US with coronavirus, which has recorded more fatalities and infections than any other country. More than 17 million coronavirus cases have been recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic.

Vice-President Mike Pence is the most senior US official to get the vaccine so far.

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