U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her Covid vaccine live on TV Tuesday, calling for public confidence in the process, while her choice of hospital highlighted the plight of the severely affected African American community.
A masked Harris received the first of her two admissions at the United Medical Center in an area of Washington, DC with a large African American population.
There have been disproportionate deaths and illnesses related to the Covid-19 pandemic in African American communities across the country, and surveys have also shown them to be some of the least reluctant vaccinations.
“So I want to remind people that you can get the vaccine right in your community, where you can get the vaccine from people you may know,” she said after receiving the vaccine from US company Moderna.
“So I want to remind people that they have trustworthy resources and that they can get the vaccine there.”
Harris will become the first Black Indian American Vice President when she takes office on January 20 and the first woman to serve.
Her husband Doug Emhoff should also be vaccinated.
A number of officials were vaccinated in front of cameras to overcome public skepticism and convince doubters that the vaccinations will be vital in returning to a semblance of normality in the months ahead.
President-elect Joe Biden was vaccinated live on TV on December 21st.
Outgoing President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized with the virus in October, made no commitment to vaccinate.
Trump has repeatedly downplayed the danger of the virus, calling for shops and schools to reopen despite its nationwide surge.
The United States has recorded around 19.3 million cases and more than 335,000 deaths related to the virus, both of the highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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