- Biden as well as the former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton volunteer to get their Covid-19 vaccines on camera
- The former Presidents along with President-elect said they would be willing to receive it in a public forum if it would create confidence in the U.S. regarding vaccine protection
- Their remarks came when several surveys showed that many Americans were suspicious about having a vaccine for Covid-19
Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and President-elect Joe Biden are happy to take a vaccine against coronavirus on camera if it helps to boost public trust.
The initiation of former Presidents along with Biden comes as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to meet next week to determine whether to approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.
As American public health officials strive to encourage the public to take the vaccine, the three most recent former Presidents along with President-elect hopes an awareness campaign to foster faith in its safety and efficacy will be a powerful message.
In America on Wednesday, more than 3,100 people died from coronavirus, a record single-day high and more than the number of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The willingness of Biden, Obama, Bush, Clinton to discuss the severity of the pandemic is significantly different from the stance of Donald Trump, who stayed quiet as 250,000 coronavirus deaths were passed on by the US in November.
Obama said in an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison that if the infectious disease specialist announces that a coronavirus vaccine is effective, he will trust Anthony Fauci.
He also talked about trusting Anthony Fauci as he has known him personally and has also worked with him. He also said, “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.”
Many Americans say they are not going to consider being vaccinated against Covid-19. According to a Gallup poll which was published in mid-November 42% of the country is not ready to take the vaccine even though it was “available at no cost right now.”
Obama said he would take the vaccine for those who are less at risk” once it was available. The 44th president is 59 and has no significant health issues and is not known to suffer. I promise you that I’ll take it when it’s made for people who are less at risk, “I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,”
He also said, “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,”
Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, told the Press that the former President also wanted to help encourage vaccines.
‘First the vaccines must be considered safe and provided to priority populations. Then-President Bush is going to get in line for him, and will do so happily on record.
Clinton’s press secretary, Angel Urena, assured the Press that the former President will also be ready to have a public vaccine on television.
Later in the day, Biden also told in an interview that after government approval of vaccinations, he, too would be willing to be vaccinated in public, explicitly saying that he would rely on Fauci to say that it was safe.
He added further that it is important to communicate to the American people, it’s safe to do it.
He also praised their contribution to the three former presidents, saying they had “set the model as to what should be done.”
It is expected that the vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH will soon be approved by the US authorities.