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Biden receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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President-elect Joe Biden today received his first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in public.

President-elect Joe Biden today received his first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in public.

The shot was administered at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware, by Tabe Masa, who is a nurse practitioner and the head of employee health services at the hospital, according to the Biden transition team.

Mr Biden's vaccination came one week after the first doses of the vaccine were injected into health care workers, and days after the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorisation for a second coronavirus vaccine.

President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public the inoculations are safe.

Incoming first lady Jill Biden received the vaccine earlier today, the Biden transition team told reporters.

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses administered several weeks apart in order to reach 95 per cent efficacy.

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The transition team has not provided details about when the Bidens will receive the second dose.

Biden's transition spokesperson Jen Psaki has said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, would receive their vaccinations next week.

The nation's top infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, told ABC last week that he would strongly recommend that Mr Biden and Ms Harris get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The president-elect took a dose of Pfizer vaccine at a hospital not far from his Delaware home, hours after his wife, Jill Biden, did the same. "I'm ready," said Joe Biden, who was administered the dose at a hospital in Newark, Delaware, and declined the option to count to three before the needle was inserted into his left arm. "I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it's available to take the vaccine. There's nothing to worry about."

He also recommended that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence receive the vaccination.

Ms Psaki told reporters that Mr Biden and Ms Harris were staggering the vaccine at the recommendation of medical experts.

The reason could be that if Mr Biden and Ms Harris experience the reported side effects, such as a headache or fever, they would not have them on the same day.

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Mr Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams were administered the vaccine at an on-camera event last week.

The Trump administration has said having the vice president receive the vaccine in public was part of the government's efforts to build confidence among the public in the vaccine's safety and efficacy.

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Mr Trump has not received the vaccine yet and won't be administered one until it is recommended by the White House medical team, a White House official said last week.

The President is still receiving the benefits of the monoclonal antibody cocktail he was given after he tested positive for COVID-19 this fall, the official said, but he is likely to get his shot once it is recommended by the medical team.

Part of Mr Biden's plan to combat the pandemic includes distributing 100 million vaccine shots, enough to cover 50 million people, in his initial 100 days in office.

The coronavirus pandemic had killed more than 318,000 Americans as of today.

With CNN

Source: 9News

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