Chennai: US President-elect Joe Biden received a Covid-19 vaccine live on television Monday in a campaign to boost Americans’ confidence in the jabs.
The 78-year-old incoming president got the Pfizer vaccine at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. His wife Jill received the shot earlier, the presidential transition team said.
He tweeted, “Today, I received the Covid-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot. And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it”.
Biden told Americans “there’s nothing to worry about’ when they get vaccinated and that in the meantime they should keep wearing masks and ‘listen to the experts”.
They were the latest high-profile political figures publicly joining the first wave of vaccinations aimed at stopping a pandemic that has killed almost 318,000 Americans.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife got vaccinations last week but President Donald Trump has yet to take part in the drive.
For Biden, who will be the oldest president ever to take office on 20 January, this was the first shot in the two-stage Pfizer vaccine. He said he was ‘looking forward’ to the follow-up.
Biden praised ‘the scientists and the people who put this together, frontline workers, people who were the ones who actually did the clinical work’.
He called medical workers ‘amazing and incredible’. Biden also had some rare praise for the Trump administration, which he said ‘deserves some credit’ for overseeing record-speedy development and production of vaccines.