Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have announced that they are willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine on camera in an effort to boost public trust in the treatment. Former President Barack Obama stepped forward himself to say that he'd be willing to take the vaccine on camera and share it with the public during a recent interview.
“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said.
“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don't trust is getting Covid."
Joining Obama, aides for former Presidents Clinton and Bush said that they may be willing to do the same.
“First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera,” Bush's former chief of staff Freddy Ford said.
These statements come hours after reports suggested that Pfizer may be distributed by December 15 if the vaccine is approved by the FDA. The Moderna vaccine is set to be released the following week. Government officials hope to distribute nearly 20 million vaccine does by the end of the month.
“If [people] get vaccinated through April, May and June, and we really do a full-court press to get everybody vaccinated, you can get back to normal or at least approaching close to normal as you get into the late summer and early fall," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
Vaccines arrive as the country mourns the worst day of the pandemic yet. On December 2, the U.S. set records for new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Hopefully, these vaccines can curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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