Vice President Mike Pence will receive the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer on Friday, while President-elect Joe Biden is expected to do so next week.
The White House announced on Wednesday that Pence and first lady Karen Pence would publicly receive the vaccine to promote its “safety and efficacy.”
Surgeon General Jerome Adams will accompany the couple to receive the vaccine at the White House.
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The Associated Press reported that Biden will publicly receive a vaccination as early as next week.
Pfizer’s vaccine received emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday.
Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, recommended that the country’s top leaders, including President Trump, get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Trump contracted the virus in October, but it is not clear how long the immunity will last.
The incumbent president tweeted this weekend that he felt White House staff should receive doses later in the program.
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News that White House staff would get the vaccine early has drawn criticism on social media. Trump and his aides have consistently violated his own administration’s COVID-19 guidelines. Despite warnings from federal health agencies to the public not to hold large rallies due to the risk they pose in spreading the virus, Trump hosted big holiday parties with maskless attendees in December.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.