As the world waits to be vaccinated, three US former Presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have volunteering to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera to help promote public confidence.
Once the US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the vaccine, all three former Presidents are willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television.
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 may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,’ added the former President.
Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the US Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff.
Clinton, a Democrat, will ‘definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,’ his spokesman, Angel Urena, wrote in an email. ‘And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same,’ reported Reuters.
However, the out going US President Donald Trump has said that he’ll get criticized no matter what he does on taking the vaccine, whether he’s first or last.
The similar sentiments by three former Presidents come at a time when the US recorded more than 3,100 Covid-19 deaths in a single day.
The number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time, and new cases have begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.
An FDA panel of outside advisers is due to meet on December 10 to discuss whether to recommend emergency use authorization of a vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc with German partner BioNTech shown to be 95 per cent effective at preventing illness. US health officials predict the first inoculations could start days or weeks later.