Obama, Bush and Clinton get vaccinated against COVID-19 on camera to prove vaccine is safe
Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will receive the COVID-19 vaccine with the camera on to boost public confidence in the safety of the vaccine after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the vaccine. Writes about it CNN.
The three presidents hope that an information campaign to increase confidence in the vaccine's safety and effectiveness will send a powerful signal as US health officials try to convince the public to accept the vaccine.
Freddie Ford, the Bush chief of staff, said the 43rd president had reached out to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading national expert on infectious diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, to find out how it can help promote the vaccine.
“A few weeks ago, President Bush asked me to inform Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birks that when the time comes, he wants to do everything he can to help his fellow citizens get vaccinated,” Ford said. - First, vaccines must be considered safe and given to priority populations. Then President Bush will queue up for his vaccine and happily do it on camera. ”
A Clinton spokesman said Wednesday, December 2, that in order to popularize the vaccine, he is also willing to accept it openly, in front of the entire public.
“President Clinton will make sure to vaccinate as soon as it becomes available to him, based on the priorities identified by public health officials. And he will do it in a public place if it helps convince all Americans to do the same, ”said Angel Urena.
Obama said that if Fauci considers the coronavirus vaccine safe, then he believes him.
“I totally trust people like Anthony Fauci who I know and have worked with,” Obama said. "So, if Anthony Fauci tells me that this vaccine is safe and can be vaccinated, I will give it."
“I might end up showing it on television or making a movie so people know I trust this vaccine,” he added.
The 39th President Jimmy Carter Foundation said in a statement that he and his wife are supporting the vaccination efforts.
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“39th US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn have said they fully support the COVID-19 vaccination effort and urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as it becomes available,” the Carter Center said Wednesday. December 2, on Twitter.
The Bushes have a history of teaming up with other presidents to advance important ideas. Bush's father and mother, 41st President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush took off on a commercial flight a few days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to once again boost public confidence in flying. George H.W. Bush and Clinton have worked together to raise funds for areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well as other charitable causes in the years since their presidencies.
Obama is now also seeking to use his post-presidential position for a public awareness campaign.
During the interview, Obama appears to have acknowledged the very real issue of vaccine hesitancy, which some health experts fear could cause minorities, who are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, not to get vaccinated.
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“We no longer have polio - the reason why we do not have a whole group of children dying from measles, smallpox and diseases that previously wiped out entire populations and communities,” he said.
Previous studies have shown that minority communities have higher mortality rates from COVID-19, they are more vulnerable and most vulnerable in part due to pre-existing conditions.
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