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Vice President Mike Pence will get the COVID-19 vaccine during a televised event Friday morning.
Pence will become the first high-ranking White House official to be administered the jab, which was approved for use in the US a week ago.
Earlier this week he toured a vaccine production facility in Indiana.
“The last thing I would say to every American is be confident that we have cut red tape, but we’ve cut no corners when it comes to the development of this vaccine,” he said.
Second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams will also get the vaccine on camera at the 8 a.m. event.
President-elect Joe Biden is set to receive the inoculation next week in a public setting, according to CNN, while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also get one soon.
President Trump has not yet gotten the vaccine.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Biden and Harris should get vaccinated as soon as possible “for security reasons” and before they take office next month.
Fauci said Trump should also plan on getting vaccinated even though there isn’t enough research on whether those who had the virus, like Trump, should get the vaccine.
“Even though the president himself was infected, and he has, likely, antibodies that likely would be protective, we’re not sure how long that protection lasts,” Fauci told ABC News recently.
“So, to be doubly sure, I would recommend that he get vaccinated as well as the vice president.”
With Post wires
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