President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris should receive the new COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday.
“For safety reasons, I firmly believe that we should get her vaccinated as soon as possible. We want him to be fully protected when he joins the presidency in January. So that would be my strong recommendation, “Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told ABC’s Good Morning America.”
He also called on President Trump to get the coronavirus vaccine despite recovering from an attack of the disease in October.
“If he asked, I would recommend that he do so, as did Vice President Pence. You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now, ”said Fauci.
Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force that appointed Biden as its key medical advisor, added that Trump likely has coronavirus antibodies.
“We’re not sure how long this protection will last. To be doubly sure, I would recommend that he get vaccinated, as does the vice president,” he said.
The first federal government-approved COVID-19 vaccine was launched in the United States on Monday – the day the country’s death toll exceeded 300,000 from the pandemic.
The vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday evening.