Former United States presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have declared their intention to receive #COVID-19 vaccine on camera to help promote the safety of the vaccine.
This they declared as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to meet next week to decide whether to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.
In an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, Obama stated that he trusts Dr. Anthony Fauci, if the infectious disease expert says a coronavirus vaccine to be safe.
“People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely. So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I’m going to take it”, Obama said.
Obama said he would take the vaccine once it was available for people “who are less at risk”.
“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,” he added.
However, George W Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, also told CNN that the former president is also willing to receive the vaccine on camera.
“A few weeks ago, President Bush asked me to let Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx know that, when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” Ford told CNN.
“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.”
Clinton’s press secretary also told CNN that he too is prepared to be filmed as he takes the vaccine.
“President Bill Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as it’s available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” Angel Urena said. “And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.”
COVID-19 Vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH are expected to be approved by US authorities soon with the United States reportedly hoping to immunize 100 million people by the end of February.