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In bid to boost US public confidence, Pence, wife get COVID vaccines on live TV

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18.12.2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe.

In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.”

“The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the vaccine is what brings us here this morning,” he added.

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Pence’s wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received shots during the televised White House event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Adams, who is Black, emphasized “the importance of representation” in outreach to at-risk communities and encouraged Americans to avoid disinformation around the vaccines.

Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams just received their first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. https://t.co/GonWFGXbAr pic.twitter.com/DS4U8MYwLs

— CNN (@CNN) December 18, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams just received their first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. https://t.co/GonWFGXbAr pic.twitter.com/DS4U8MYwLs

— CNN (@CNN) December 18, 2020

Pence, the highest-profile official yet to receive the vaccine, has taken an increasingly visible role in selling the vaccine, as US President Donald Trump has taken a step back.

Trump’s administration helped deliver vaccinations against the coronavirus earlier than even some in his administration thought possible, launching Operation Warp Speed — the government campaign to help swiftly develop and distribute vaccines — this spring with great fanfare in the White House Rose Garden.

Yet five days into the largest vaccination campaign in the nation’s history, Trump has held no public events to trumpet the rollout. He hasn’t been inoculated himself. He has tweeted only twice about the shot. Pence, meanwhile, has taken center........

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