President holds back on saying when he will be vaccinated
President Donald Trump said he would take a COVID-19 vaccination at an “appropriate time,” while noting he is not scheduled to take the Pfizer vaccine.
The Food and Drug Administration (DFA) granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine on Friday.
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary.”
“I have asked that this adjustment be made.”
People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
“I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you,” Trump added.
The president’s statement comes after the news that some top government officals would be receiving the vaccine this week in order to ensure the continuity of government.
The vaccine will also be offered to Trump, even though he has already recovered from COVID-19.
The protection people gain after recovering from the coronavirus still isn’t clear, according to the CDC.
A spokesperson for the National Security Council said that key officials across the three branches of government would receive COVID-19 inoculations as a matter of executive branch policy.
Spokesperson John Ullyot, said:
“Senior officials across all three branches of government will receive vaccinations pursuant to continuity of government protocols established in executive policy.
“The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership.”
Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, General Gus Perna, said the U.S. government expects Pfizer to ship out 2.9 million vaccines this week to locations across the country by Wednesday.
The US government also anticipates they will have 40 million vaccines before the end of the year, enough for 20 million Americans.
“Because of the sheer energy, the whole of America approach, I am absolutely 100% confident that we are going to distribute, safely, this precious commodity, this vaccine, needed to defeat the enemy: COVID,” said Perna.