US Vice President Mike Pence got a live TV vaccine against the coronavirus, telling the viewers and doctors, “I didn’t feel a thing.”
The purpose of the move, according to the White House, was to “promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and build confidence among the American people”
At the televised White House event, Mr. Pence’s wife and General Surgeon Jerome Adams also received the jab.
Dr. Fauci, an infectious disease expert, was also present, but Trump was noticeably absent.
Mr. Pence, 61, together with his wife Karen and Mr. Adams, received the first of two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at 08:00 local time (13:00 GMT). He is the top U.S. official to be vaccinated so far.
“We gather here today at the end of a historic week to affirm to the American people that hope is on the way,” he told the crowd after the number of newly reported US coronavirus fatalities exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row.
VP Mike Pence gets the COVID vaccine on live TV to boost public confidence in its safety and effectiveness.
(Karen Pence and Surgeon Gen. Adams went first.) pic.twitter.com/LK2W1QWLSL
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“Karen and I were further than happy to step forward before this week was out to take this safe and effective coronavirus vaccine that we have secured and produced for the American people,”a truly inspiring day”
The US started rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday, which reportedly provides up to 95% protection against Covid-19.
In the United States, more than 310,000 people have died from coronavirus, which has reported more infections and deaths than any other country. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 17 million cases have been reported in the world.