In a move to boost public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they will take the vaccine on camera.
Obama, in an interview with SiriusXM radio, said he would be inoculated if top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci signs off on a Covid-19 vaccine.
“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.
“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,” Obama said.
Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, told CNN the former president also wanted to help promote vaccination.
“First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations,” Ford told CNN.
“Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”
Angel Urena, Clinton’s press secretary, told CNN the former president would also be willing to take a vaccine in public on television
Vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH are expected to be approved by US authorities soon.
The Pfizer vaccine is expected to be shipped to U.S. by mid December.
The Moroccan-American, Moncef Slaoui, co-leading Operation Warp Speed, said Wednesday the United States hopes to have immunised 100 million people by the end of February.
“Between mid-December and the end of February, we will have potentially immunized 100 million people,” Slaoui said, according to AFP.